Nebulas, the UK’s largest independent network security specialist has just launched a new, high level review service to help organisations reduce costs and improve efficiency by simplifying their IT security.

Nebulas’Security Operations Review (SOR) is consultative review which looks at all aspects of a company’s security infrastructure. In addition to analysing the different technologies deployed, the review looks far more widely: at security policies, processes and procedures, how resources are used, network architecture, change management and risk mitigation strategies.

The four-step review process uses remote and on-site information gathering to build a complete picture of an organisation’s security profile. From analysing the information, Nebulas’ consultants draft a detailed report which outlines ways to simplify the estate and increase operational efficiency. Based on current best practice, it includes a series of practical, effective action points which address the issues raised.

“Many organisations’ security infrastructure are now so complex that they don’t have the time or the skills to manage it effectively” according to Nick Garlick, Nebulas’ managing director. “They have realised that adding another management layer isn’t the answer so now they’re looking for ways to simplify what they’ve got and make it work more effectively and efficiently”.

Nick added: “We’ve developed SOR to provide that clarity: the review produces a clear picture of their existing infrastructure, shows how it could be simplified and outlines the resulting efficiencies and savings. As security specialists, we have the technical knowledge and operational expertise to implement the actions highlighted by the SOR. Our custom design skills can help companies achieve a simpler infrastructure whilst improving their overall security status”.

The SOR offering is supported by nDev, Nebulas’ security customisation services: these range from writing bespoke code for existing applications right through to designing complete client-server applications.

Using existing vendor APIs, Nebulas can develop custom applications which “plug-in” to different aspects of an organisation’s security infrastructure to automate and streamline its operation and simplify day-to-day management. As a result, security can be integrated seamlessly into a simpler security and change management infrastructure in the way which is most effective and efficient for the organisation.

The Security Operations Review and nDev customisation services are offered as stand-alone services. They can be implemented separately and at different times, but companies often use nDev’s services to address issues highlighted during a SOR programme.

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