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Pinsent Masons launches cyber security platform

The Human Cyber Index (HCI) is said to combine an assessment of tech-based security measures with behavioural science-backed research to analyse behaviours and attitudes towards cyber security

Pinsent Masons has launched a new cyber security platform and behavioural assessment service aimed at measuring and improving information security processes and employee behaviours, as cyberattacks on businesses continue to rise.

The Human Cyber Index (HCI) is said to combine an assessment of tech-based security measures with behavioural science-backed research to analyse behaviours and attitudes towards cyber security with the aim of improving critical protection against breaches. 

Strategic and practical recommendations are then made following a research and survey process in order to support businesses as they respond to the rise of cyberattacks.

Christian Toon, chief information security officer at Pinsent Masons, said: “While most organisations know that cyber criminals will try to take advantage of their people to infiltrate their network few monitor how their people might perform in terms of exhibiting secure behaviour. Understanding your organisation’s security culture is critical to the deployment of security countermeasures that will help you manage your cyber security risks.

“Understanding people’s relationship with your engagement and security controls is the key to unlocking the power of positive security behaviour. The HCI gets under the skin of your business’ culture and attitude towards security and designs strategies to improve controls and policies which support your people in understanding their role in protecting your business.”

He added: “The data collected via the HCI process enables Pinsent Masons security specialists to identify specific pathways which connect engagement, security controls and day-to-day behaviours backed up by highly targeted interventions which will improve employee secure behaviour and optimise a business’ security controls.

“By adopting this people-centric approach we aim to help build a security culture that is underpinned by individual accountability and trust,” Christian Toon explained, “This is the lynchpin to identifying suspicious approaches and activity that could represent a serious threat to a business.”

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