Grant Thornton UK has teamed up with international law firm Lewis Silkin to launch a new data and cyber security audit service, which the firms say will help global organisations ensure they are compliant and minimise risks in the face of increasing data breach risk and regulation
The new service, called DataCheckPoint. Is based on an eight stage process including audits incorporating a new scoping and gap analysis methodology which caters for innovative reporting and effective compliance implementation programmes.
Grant Thornton says the new service is designed to help clients prepare for the implementation of the general data protection regulation (GDPR) and the security of network and information systems directive (NIS Directive). Both pieces of legislation come into force from May 2018.
Manu Sharma, head of cyber security at Grant Thornton UK, said: Robust data compliance is critical to protecting organisations’ reputations and DataCheckPoint provides a tailor-made, flexible solution that will both offer a bespoke systems evaluation and, critically, identify solutions to mitigate any risks.
‘It is our aim to help businesses prepare for the GDPR and the wider, global, cyber and data security landscape in the most resource-effective and timely way possible, and we look forward to working with Lewis Silkin to provide this best-in-class service to clients.’
Grant Thornton says that in the UK, where two-thirds of businesses have been affected by breaches or attacks, the government has launched a £1.9bn drive to improve security but, with reform from Europe on the horizon, businesses are facing the prospect of additional compliance as well as risk.