RSM to provide RESILIA cyber resilience offering to its UK clients

11 October 2016

RSM’s UK operation has entered into a partnership with AXELOS Global Best Practice to market the latter’s best-practice portfolio services in cyber resilience, RESILIA , to its clients across the UK. The RESILIA programme aims to boost the cyber defence capabilities of organisations across the UK, focusing on training people with the latest best practice in avoiding, among others, phishing and ransomware attacks.

Cybercrime has, in recent years, become an increasingly fraught problem for businesses large and small. In growing proportions, sophisticated cyber criminals are leveraging the increasingly large number of online businesses to mount various attacks, from phishing and ransomware to large funds transfers to criminal bank accounts. The cost for UK businesses from serious cyber incidents continues to rise, with large UK organisations stung for an average range from just under £1.5 million to £3.14 million per major incident, while for small organisations the range starts at £75,200 and goes up to around £310,800. Globally, more than 500,000 incidents occur per day with total costs running at $400 billion. 

One of the company’s that helps organisations battle cybercrime is AXELOS Global Best Practice (AXELOS) – formed in 2013 as a joint venture between Her Majesty’s Government (HMG), the UK Government, and Capita. The organisation aims at developing a Global Best Practice portfolio, whereby it provides businesses and individuals with a broad range of best practice qualifications. The organisation provides certification in areas including project, programme and portfolio management, IT service management and cyber resilience.

RSM to provide RESILIA cyber resilience offering to its UK clients

RSM’s UK arm recently announced that the firm will work together with AXELOS to market the company’s RESILIA cyber resilience best practice portfolio services to its client base across the UK.

AXELOS’s and RSM’s bundled offering will, according to the partners, support organisations develop a robust approach towards defending their various boundaries – with particular focus on training its people. The RESILIA programme includes a portfolio of best practice publications, certified training, all staff awareness learning, leadership engagement and a cyber-maturity assessment tool. The programme is part of a wider step organisations can take towards developing a comprehensive and holistic approach to defending their respective boarders.

Richard Smith, Partner in charge of Risk Assurance at RSM says, “Over the last decade, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the frequency and nature of cyber-attacks. By joining forces with AXELOS, we will provide a unique suite of cyber resilience services to help UK businesses, public sector organisations and charities protect themselves against this growing threat.” 

Abid Ismail, CEO at AXELOS, says, “I’m delighted that RSM is partnering with our RESILIA cyber resilience best practice portfolio. Cyber risks are now recognised as one of the most serious risks to strong business performance, market reputation and customer confidence. RESILIA helps to equip all people with the knowledge to act on cyber security risks and give renewed confidence in exploiting the opportunities for growth and innovation in the digital age.”