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Quod Orbis & Secon: Elevating Cyber Security Standards and Enhancing Organisational Resilience

Quod Orbis is thrilled to announce our partnership with Secon, a prominent provider of cutting-edge cyber security solutions. This collaboration aligns seamlessly with our mission to offer state-of-the-art Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM) to enhance cyber security controls and risk management. Secon offer a comprehensive range of advanced cyber security tools...
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The Imperative of Continuous Monitoring in Regulatory Compliance: Staying Ahead of the Curve

https://youtu.be/Iqfh6wm_9PI   The situation now in regulatory compliance It’s well documented that regulatory compliance is becoming a hot bed of complication. Let’s be clear - regulatory compliance has always had its challenges but increasingly we have evolved into an era of ever-evolving regulatory compliance that has such intricacies that enterprises...
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Quod Orbis becomes part of Dedagroup to fuel global growth

  London, UK. 18th June – Quod Orbis, the London-based cyber security Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM) firm, has today announced it has been acquired by Dedagroup, one of the leading Italian IT players, to power the next phase of its global growth strategy. Dedagroup is a private independent group, based...
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Data Defence: Shielding Your Business Against Cyber Threats

Yet another data breach was revealed this week in the national press; this time the MoD, where sensitive military data has been compromised. Our CEO Martin Greenfield commented in the i news stating that “what we see time and again is that the challenge is exasperated by the presence of...
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Don’t get Lost in DORA-Land: Navigating DORA Compliance with Automation

    Intended to address the rising threat of cyber-attacks and the financial sector's increasing reliance on digital technology, DORA sets out a comprehensive regulatory framework aimed at enhancing the digital operational resilience of financial entities in Europe. However, whilst an EU framework, the UK, if they wish to conduct...
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How implementing the right technology and continually monitoring your environment will prevent severe repercussions of failing to comply with regulatory compliance

  We recently in a blog and infographic focused on the Top 5 ways to prevent the impact of failing to comply with regulatory compliance. The impact is clear, regardless of the Regulation that you have to comply to. There’s the reputational damage, the potential legal implications, as well as...
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Painting the Picture – Visualising Cyber Risks for Executive Decision Making

In a recent blog we explored how CISO’s can effectively communicate cyber risks to senior executives, focusing on the communication strategies that should be deployed in order to get buy-in at a senior level. One element discussed was using dashboards as a powerful communication tool to really amplify the cyber...
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Cyber Essentials Plus Auditing made easy: How Continuous Controls Monitoring Smooths the Process and Provides Assurance of Compliance.

https://youtu.be/60Brx7Syzno   Cyber Essentials is used by many organisations to ensure that they are adequately protecting themselves against cyber-attacks. Backed by the Government and required when working with Government bodies, Cyber Essentials provides a robust framework for businesses to focus their cyber security efforts. Cyber Essentials Plus, whilst no different...
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Balancing Business Growth and Security Amid Cyber-Threats: The Role of CISOs

In today’s evolving landscape CISO’s have to be so much more than the guardians of cyber security in their organisations. It’s true that it is their primary objective but the role of the CISO has, and is, evolving constantly and now needs to be multi-dimensional, balancing business objectives and collaborating...
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Effectively Conveying Cyber Risks to Senior Board Executives

https://youtu.be/5hOTtVtdY6o The number one risk to any business is ineffective cyber security because of the catastrophic implications on their reputational and financial status. However, it has become apparent that being able to effectively communicate that risk to Boards and senior executives within an organisation is becoming increasingly difficult,  leaving cyber...
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The High Severity Impact of failing to Comply to your Regulatory Compliance Requirements

It is unlike us at QO to project the negativity of the world as it is as, like our platform, we like to offer solutions to problems. But there is no denying the severity to businesses when they fail to comply with regulatory requirements - and there is no time...
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The Price of Technical Debt to Enterprises

https://youtu.be/h-vajNFbwS8 According to a 2020 report from the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ), technical debt in the U.S. alone has ballooned to over $2 trillion every year and 23-42% of development time is wasted because of that tech debt. Its’s a balancing act; Enterprises must keep as operationally fluid...
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Communicating the Strategic Importance of Continuous Controls Monitoring to the Board: A Guide for CISOs

Its well documented that Boards are now placing a greater focus on reviewing and analysing budget spend for cyber security teams. So, in order for CISO’s to effectively communicate the significance and value of implementing a technology such as Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM), it’s imperative that they articulate this through...
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Addressing Regulatory Compliance Challenges in Businesses: Can Automation Solve the Issues of Continuous Monitoring and Asset Management?

The year 2024 is set to bring forth significant challenges in upholding regulatory compliance due to the rapid changes in regulations. While comprehending assets has always been integral to various compliance regulations, there is a growing emphasis on continuous monitoring in regulatory compliance, irrespective of industry-specific compliance frameworks. Automation stands...
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Navigating SOC 2 Compliance: Addressing Organisational Challenges and Enhancing Support through Continuous Controls Monitoring

https://youtu.be/r8XQxOXrSsk Service Organisation Controls 2 or SOC2 is a regulatory framework focused on securing and managing data relevant to cloud and technology organisations. Developed by the AICPA – the American Institute of CPA’s – it is specifically designed for service providers storing customer data in the cloud and is crucial...
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Unlocking SOX Compliance: Navigating Business Challenges with Continuous Controls Monitoring

https://youtu.be/i7k3NysIjG4 What is SOX? The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, is a U.S. federal law that was a response to several corporate financial scandals that occurred in the early 2000’s. The primary objective of SOX is to ensure that investors and the public are protected by financial institutions having to ensure...
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Is that DORA calling? Why we all need to be ready for the Digital Operational Resilience Act and how Continuous Controls Monitoring can support compliance

https://youtu.be/OVSDL57JIU0 What is Dora? Well DORA is not your favourite aunt that’s for sure but DORA is going to become pretty important to those of us in cyber security risk and compliance! The Digital Operational Resilience Act is going to be enforceable by 2025. DORA is becoming rather pivotal in...
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How can challenges of compliance with ISO 27001 be alleviated and transformative with Continuous Controls Monitoring

https://youtu.be/B7Z3XHx7M9w Most enterprises are familiar with compliance to ISO 27001 -, the international standard for information security management systems (ISMS). However, many can often face a range of challenges when trying to be compliant with ISO 27001. There is commonality of organisational challenges, but these can vary depending on the...
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The challenges of PCI compliance and how CCM can support organisations in their quest to comply

https://youtu.be/m5NAw8GRwbM   PCI DSS is a set of security standards designed to ensure the protection of cardholder data and is mandatory for organisations that handle payment card information.  However, complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) can be a complex and challenging process and these challenges...
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Enhancing NIST Regulation Compliance: Leveraging Continuous Controls Monitoring for Success

https://youtu.be/IIs6BlksduQ NIST Cyber Security framework is widely recognised and adhered to by most enterprise organisations, focusing on guidelines and best practises for improving cyber security. The guidance it provides is invaluable to organisations, however it poses many challenges in maintaining complete regulatory compliance. Adherence can be challenging for a number...
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Atyaf eSolutions is a technology solutions provider specialising in offering a broad range of digital services and products. Founded with a vision to deliver innovative and efficient technology solutions, Atyaf eSolutions focuses on helping businesses and organisations achieve their digital transformation goals.

Atyaf eSolutions is known for its customer-centric approach, aiming to deliver high-quality, reliable, and cost-effective solutions. The company leverages the latest technologies and methodologies to ensure that its clients stay ahead in the competitive digital landscape. With a team of skilled professionals, Atyaf eSolutions is committed to driving digital innovation and supporting businesses in their growth and success.

Gieom designs and builds software that enables customers to manage their policies and standard operating procedures, simplify digital identity verification processes, mitigate risks, and enable effective implementation of operational resilience frameworks.

DORA 360 is the latest innovation from Gieom, an award-winning enterprise productivity company trusted by 100+ financial institutions across the globe.

YASH Technologies is a customer-centric transformational global IT solutions and services partner. They have a proven track record in delivering battle-tested consulting, technology, and outsourcing services to address our clients’ evolving and complex digital transformation challenges. They harness business-centric, innovative frameworks and solutions to help clients achieve unprecedented performance levels and revenue growth at optimised costs.

Deda is a renowned player in the global IT and digital services market, known for its innovative solutions and deep industry expertise. With a strong commitment to driving digital transformation, Deda leverages cutting-edge technologies to deliver customised, scalable solutions that address the unique challenges of businesses across various sectors. Their comprehensive portfolio includes software development, IT consulting, cyber security, and data analytics services, all designed to enhance operational efficiency and foster sustainable growth. Through a combination of strategic partnerships and a customer-centric approach, Deda continually empowers organisations to achieve their digital ambitions and stay ahead in an ever-evolving technological landscape.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive and widely adopted cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centers globally. AWS provides a broad set of infrastructure services, such as computing power, storage options, and networking, as well as higher-level services like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT). AWS helps businesses scale and grow by providing the infrastructure and tools needed to innovate faster, reduce costs, and run applications with higher reliability.

PwC stands as a global leader in professional services, offering deep expertise in audit and assurance, consulting, and tax. With a presence in over 157 countries and a dedicated workforce of more than 284,000 professionals, PwC combines comprehensive industry knowledge with advanced technology to assist organisations in addressing their most complex challenges. Their risk management technology helps navigate the various phases of the risk management lifecycle so your business can stay ahead of threats.

Connecting your business to the best technology providers.  Behind Every Cloud are expert, independent trusted advisors who can help you cut through the noise and hype to quickly provide you with intelligent, market informed, fact-based vendor comparison services across a wide range of technology solutions.  Established in 2010, our unique approach and expert advice accelerates the speed and success of technology modernisation projects. We have access to a highly experienced network of vendors and are valued by our clients as an Independent Trusted Advisor.
 
We provide straight-talking, no-nonsense advice, to help you make the best buying decisions, and as one of the UK’s first specialist cloud adoption “referral consultancies”, we don’t charge clients for our advice.

Opentech is an IT services company, with an important history and significant experience in delivering management tools for company internal control systems (Compliance, Risk Management, Internal Auditing, etc.).

The company, established in 2003, operates in the development and distribution of software application products, with a particular focus on the Integrated Control System based on the OCEG (Open Compliance & Ethics Group) model.

Opentech is ISO 9001 and 27001 certified with extension to the 27017 and 27018 guidelines for software development, training and consultancy.

Opentech has created the GO GRC 2.0 Suite, a suite of integrated and independent software application solutions, owned by Opentech, designed entirely by our company specialists, with a consistent design based on the OCEG logical model, recognized as the Standard GRC.

The GO GRC 2.0 platform has been qualified by the National Cybersecurity Agency in the Italian Cloud Marketplace.

GO GRC 2.0 also covers specific areas that can be activated on-demand; our Suite, in fact, integrates different components in order to build a complete and effective Governance and Control model such as: Organization, Corporate Governance, Internal Audit, Compliance, Operational Risks, Line Controls, CFO, IT Risk, Supervisory Body, Privacy, Complaints, Purchases, Safety at work.

GO GRC 2.0 benefits from a direct, timely and continuous support from Opentech specialists who deal with the entire life cycle of the Suite.

The GO GRC 2.0 suite is also adopted by various major players in the financial and non-financial markets.

Secon is a leading cyber security company dedicated to protecting organisations from cyber threats, ensuring compliance and enhancing their security posture. We offer a comprehensive range of services and technologies tailored to corporations, financial institutions, and government entities.

We believe in three fundamental truths:

  • Every organisation is a potential target for cyber attacks or data breaches.
  • Continuous preparedness is essential, requiring 24/7 protection with the right tools and technology.
  • Effective recovery playbooks are crucial for swift business restoration post-breach.

At Secon, we address cyber security challenges with our holistic approach, providing tailored services such as Cyber Resilience Review, Cyber Risk Assessment, and 24/7 monitoring via our Security Operations Centre (SOC). We partner with leading security vendors to deliver top-tier solutions, including endpoint protection, network security, cloud security, and identity and access management.

Our purpose is to support organisations in developing the necessary tools, technologies, and processes to enhance their cyber resilience against evolving threats. Organisations trust Secon to safeguard their assets, minimise risk and ensure peace of mind. 

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Liam Flavin

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Ekaterina Kuzevanova

Back End Developer -

Mohamed Mohamud

Front End Developer -

Juan Morales

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Luke Bakare

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Rutvik Belapurkar

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Harman Singh Malhotra

Technical Analyst -

Jason Wilkes

Technical Lead -

Annie Greenfield

Marketing Executive -

Will Tonge

Head of Recruitment -

Will has spent the last 9-years embedded in Cyber Security working with global, household names and innovative start-ups.

Passionate about bringing people and technology together, Will has worked in various settings, helping build high-growth organisations across multiple sectors. During this time, he has built an extensive network with access to some of the best talent out there.

Outside of QO, his young daughter keeps him well on his toes!

Shaun Barnes

DevOps Team Lead

Mark Hudson

Non-Exec Director -

Mark works with SMEs and charities to develop strategies to help them grow and access development capital. He is a NED, charity trustee and mentor to a wide range of people. His plural career started in 2017 after 16 years at pwc as a Deals partner working with large corporates and PE houses; at pwc he also ran the Retail and Consumer practice and was Chairman of the pwc UK Supervisory Board. Prior to pwc he was an executive director at Welcome Break and Iceland Group, and a partner at Bain and Company. He trained as an engineer at Imperial College and has an MBA from INSEAD. 

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Eamon Flavin

Non-Exec Director -

Eamon is a highly regarded and massively respected technology career professional as well as serial entrepreneur. He has started, grown and successfully taken to market three technology business.

Genuinely expert in technology, Eamon has enjoyed long-term working relationships with many of the world’s top companies and organisations in finance, banking, government, manufacturing, engineering, technology and the charities sector.

He draws on unparalleled contacts and experience and provides advice, solutions and recommendations, as well as helping respond to emergencies. Eamon has grown in-house and client teams and has a gift for hiring great people.

Peter Martin

Non-Exec Director -

Peter has the ability to do what many fail to and that is to consistently bring together highly professional teams and build a business environment that is supportive, agile, professional and where everyone enjoys coming into the office.

Bringing a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to the role of non-exec director, Peter has already demonstrated his ability to bring an exceptional flair for dealing with complex situations with a clear, considered approach.

Personally, Peter brings humility and a strong moral compass to the team. His disarming and self-deprecating approach wins everyone over.

Anwen Haynes

Head of Marketing -

Anwen has worked in B2B and B2C marketing for over 20 years. From transforming end-to-end customer journeys in retail with strategic customer-centric plans to target driven focused strategies for B2B sales. With extensive experience in digital marketing including SEO, as well as Brand development, she loves to develop a cohesive approach to brand image and communications to drive and develop the business proposition and perception.

Alice Walker

Head of Customer Success -

Alice has worked in the IT industry for 20 years. Starting in Procurement, she moved into Software Asset Management before transitioning into Customer Success Management. Working across a variety of roles for different industries as both a customer and a service provider has given her a great understanding of what makes a great service. She has always been passionate about building and maintaining great customer relationships and helping her customers achieve their goals.

Owain Rowley

Lead Developer -

Owain has spent nearly a decade building software solutions and products within the cyber security sphere for the likes of government entities, large telecommunication companies, banks and card transaction companies.

This level of experience allows him to swiftly identify business and security processes that can be streamlined with automation, increase the efficiency of existing processes, as well as generate insightful data visualisations and models for members of an organisation at each different level.

Ami Penolver

Head of HR & Legal -

Ami is a finance sector career professional, with many years’ experience working in financial services, both in London and throughout the UK. In addition to financial control, she looks after HR and legal for the company.

Being a mother of two also equips her with the basic skills required to manage a senior team of management and technology consultants.

Ami’s sense of balance and perspective is an essential ingredient of the Quod Orbis culture.

Alastair Dickson

Commercial Director -

Alastair has spent the last 20 years working in Cyber Security and Risk Management. He is a passionate believer that security solutions should enable a business to take advantage of all the benefits of the digital world, while not putting the organisation’s data or productivity at risk.

Alastair has developed high-performing teams in some of the industry’s most competitive markets and launched new innovative technologies to market.

Being a rugby coach, and also having four sons at home, means he has lots of experience in keeping a passionate team in order but always has time for some fun!

Gary Penolver

CTO -

Gary has 15 years’ experience in senior technology roles, and has already been closely involved in starting and taking two technology companies to market.

Totally comfortable with a fast-moving, state-of-the-art technical landscape, he helps his clients maintain and improve security and compliance.

He has a reputation for delivering pragmatic and easy to maintain solutions – business owners and managers enjoy knowing that the security and compliance is well managed and automated, properly instrumented and reported at a competitive cost point.

Honest, open, unflappable and very social, Gary is trusted by many household-name organisations to protect their, and their client’s data.

Martin Greenfield

CEO -

Martin is an experienced technology and organisational transformation specialist and an excellent, proven leader and communicator in mission-critical operations, particularly in security technology.

Over the past 20 years, multi-billion pound commercial organisations, including global banks, utilities and major investment funds have trusted Martin to transform their operations to meet financial, operational and compliance targets.

Martin optimises operations, managing and transforming operational teams of between 50 and 500 people, to deliver the highest levels of audit compliance, risk management and financial efficiency.

Often working with other major consultancies and suppliers for new global corporate owners or management teams, Martin will help integrate and streamline operations on a global basis.

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