Compliance and Regulation

Contact Us Paramount’s Compliance and Regulation wing provides a broad spectrum of services to address the information security, risk and compliance needs of our clients. Our IT security consultants help clients identify vulnerabilities and assess real business risk, meet ISO 27001, NESA, and other security compliance mandates more efficiently and effectively, devise security and governance programs that fit a client’s environment, and help them recover from and prepare
for a cybersecurity breach.

ISO 27001 Implementation

The ISO 27000 family of standards helps organizations keep information assets secure. Using this family of standards will help your organization manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to you by third parties.


Some of the benefits of implementing the ISO 27001 standard are as follows:
  • Brings compliance with legal, regulatory and statutory requirements
  • Enhances overall organizational efficiency and operational performance
  • Augmentation in overall organizational efficiency and operational performance
  • Significantly limits security and privacy breaches
  • Provides a process for information security and corporate governance
  • Reduces operational risk while threats are assessed and vulnerabilities are mitigated
  • ISO 27001 certification is recognized worldwide


The following factors form the fundamental tenet of the Paramount solution.


Security requirements of the organization should be aligned with organizational business needs.

Security requirements of systems should not cause any degradation of the current levels of organizational services or function.
Be a metrics driven organization ensuring predictable, sustainable, profit & revenue growth.

Requirements drawn up should be sufficient and complete as well as effective and efficient.


We conduct our trainings to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the security posture for every level within an organisation, with the intent to creating a roadmap for policy implementation,

Stage 1:
Immediate Sealing Drills

  • •  Sensitisation of senior management
  • •  Increasing User Awareness
  • •  Improving Technical Defense

Stage 2:
Implementation

  • •   Asset classification
  • •  Risk Treatment Plans

Stage 3:
Creating Infosec Framework

  • •  Drafting policy procedure
  • •  Risk assessment
  • •  Creating Implementation Road Map

Critical Infrastructure Security Consulting

Today, we live in a highly automated world where everything is controlled using technology. This also comes under the purview of critical infrastructure such as oil and gas, transportation and even the health sector. It is therefore important to make them immune to attacks by fortifying the defense strategy as much as possible. The base to this automation is an Industrial Control System (ICS), wherein all the signals are collated in one interface, thereby allowing plant engineers to take decisions. The data to this central control system is in turn fed by PLC and SCADA interfaces, which in turn get updated data from sensors in various locations. A security breach into such infrastructure could result in disruption of service, loss of production, instability of control systems, equipment damage or even loss of human lives.

In recent times, critical SCADA and ICS systems are increasingly at risk of cyber-attacks. Especially in the Middle East, malware attacks like Stuxnet, Flame, Duqu, Shamoon have brought to focus the urgent necessity for securing ICS systems. The complex interconnectivity between ICS with other business IT systems and the Internet has increased the risk further. This is because

  • Most SCADA or ICS Systems are not designed with security aspects in mind
  • Terminal devices have limited computing and memory resources
  • It is difficult to implement solutions in real time
  • Only a small number of professionals with the right competency are present to help out
  • Collaboration and support from professional community is highly needed and cannot be availed immediately at the time of attack as no one is on standby

Paramount has amassed a wealth of information by leading hundreds of complex vulnerability assessments and can help you with:

  • ICS risk management
  • ICS policies and procedures
  • ICS Security assessment
  • Configuration review
  • Threat profiling
  • Incident management
  • Patching and change management
  • ICS vulnerability assessment and penetration testing
  • Communication security and network topology-zoning & conduits

The Security review covers all levels of Industrial Control – Enterprise Systems (ERP, MES,CMMS), SCADA, HMIs, PLCs, RTUs - Backup, Antivirus, Firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, Access Control Policies, Security Policies and Procedures and Security Management Practices conforming to NERC CIP, ISA SP99 (IEC-62443) , NIST 800-82 & IEC62351. This means that every aspect of your industry is secured against nefarious activities, thereby delivering top notch reliability and absolute business continuity.

ISO 20000 (SMS) IMPLEMENTATION

From disruption to transformational thinking, it is evident that organizations can no longer focus on technology alone. They have to consider all touch points, including the quality of services, the delivery process and relationship values, amongst other things. As a leader in security and technology solutions in the Middle East, Paramount’s offerings include professional services for assessment, designing, planning, implementing and training for Service Management systems (SMS).

SMS is a business strategy that enables the IT department to deliver a better "customer experience". It includes design and transition of new or changed devices, service delivery processes, control processes, resolution processes and relationship processes.

Paramount’s implementation methodology follows the continuous improvement process Plan-Do-Check-Act according to ISO/IEC 20000. The following Project Execution Model serves as a high-level roadmap to help IT organizations understand their transition to SMS based on the ITIL best practices. Paramount aims at providing an effective framework for helping IT organizations to become adaptive, flexible, cost effective and service oriented. The goal is to transform an organization from a tactical technology-provider to a strategic, business-oriented service operation. Paramount’s approach enables customers to design, build, manage and enhance their IT service operations and supporting IT infrastructure based on the best practices.

When implemented correctly, it provides:

  • Increase in quality of service
  • Rationalization and management of IT costs
  • Less downtime and increased reliability
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Better alignment of IT services with the business priorities and objectives

ISO 22301 (BCMS) & NCEMA Implementation

Security is not just about building the right defense strategy. It is also about foreseeing how to put things back to working condition should there be an unforeseen incident. This is the crux of having a solid Business Continuity plan in place. BCMS (or ISO 22301) defines business continuity management system (BCMS) as a part of the overall management system that establishes, implements, operates, monitors, reviews, maintains and improves the business continuity process. With our depth of expertise, Paramount helps develop and deliver resilient, user-friendly models and integrated solutions. A good BCMS emphasizes the importance of :

  • Information risks and its impact on the organisation’s future performance
  • Comprehensive risk management strategy and alignment to your business
  • Risk management and its impact on governance and business performance
  • Better decision making and adopting a holistic and consistent approach to risk management
  • Reducing the cost of risk management and adopting the best practises that are tailored to your business.

Benefits of the BCMS Solutions include

  • Enables process modelling and risk analysis
  • Strengthens BCM strategy development
  • Process modelling and risk analysis
  • Develops and reviews business continuity plans
  • Helps test and maintain compliance

NESA

The National Electronic Security Authority (NESA), is a government body tasked with protecting the UAE’s critical information infrastructure and improving national cyber security. To achieve this, NESA have produced a set of standards and guidance for government entities in critical sectors. Compliance with these standards is mandatory. In an effort to continue

  • Created by the UAE Government in regards to the Federal Law - Decree No. 3 of 2012
  • NESA has created the UAE Information Assurance Standards which is the one being implemented.

COBIT BASED IT GOVERNANCE

COBIT for IT governance provides guidance to help IT and security professionals understand, utilize, implement and direct important information security-related activities, and make more informed decisions while maintaining awareness about emerging technologies and the accompanying threats.

Using COBIT 5 for IT governance can help enterprises of all sizes:

  • Reduce complexity and increase cost-effectiveness
  • Increase user satisfaction with information security arrangements and outcomes
  • Improve integration of information security
  • Inform risk decisions and risk awareness
  • Reduce information security incidents
  • Enhance support for innovation and competitiveness

Information Security Awareness

It is common knowledge that while the improvement in communication, the explosion of smart devices and the necessity of the Internet as a basic need have shrunk the world, it has also increased the nature and number of threats from various sources. Paramount’s strategic vision, security training and in-depth expertise help open the eyes of clients to various aspects and help them prepare themselves better, whatever be the need, necessity or threat.

With all the investments organizations make to implement technical controls and policies to safeguard their information, one aspect which is often over looked is communicating the policies and best practices to the employees.

One of the reasons participants forget the training concepts, is because most organizations create training programs based on their needs, instead of thinking of employee needs, applicability and the emerging scenarios. Similarly, Cybersecurity awareness must focus on how to detect dangerous situations and communicate appropriate approaches.

We have developed a tailor made product to increase awareness in employees on phishing, since it has increasingly become the carrier for most malware. Check out our VPhish tool to find out more!

Paramount concentrates on ‘The essentials of successful training

  • To know what you want to gain (learn/change),
  • To know what you know today, and then
  • Set out to address the gap.

Our systematic and holistic approach is designed to fill this gap and ensure the best outcome for any organization. With a bouquet of offerings and proven industry expertise, we are your sure partner for success.

Sustenance and Improvement Services

A Virtual Security Officer (VSO) is a senior individual in an organization, who is responsible for managing the information technology and all associated computer systems, which in turn support and play a critical role in the functioning of the enterprise. Small and medium business benefit the most in an outsourced VSO model – also called as virtual VSO. Paramount has worked with intent and enterprise to perfect this model, thereby offering companies the ability to engage with experienced minds whilst eliminating the cost and the hiring challenges accompanying the same.

Typical role of a VSO includes:

  • Participation in management meetings
  • Creation of a security strategy
  • Framing of a policy framework that suits your business
  • Periodic health and status checks
  • Technology audits and assessments
  • VA/PT and risk assessments
  • Forensic and incident response strategy
  • Awareness and training solutions
  • Certification hand holding
  • Management presentations

The Virtual VSO shall ensure that your security strategy is aligned to your business objectives and that your investments are prioritized to best meet those objectives. This model assures you of committed security from experts round the year.

ISR / ADSIC / ISO 27001:2013

ISR / ADSIC /ISO/IEC 27001:2013 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system within the context of the organization. It also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks tailored to the needs of the organization. The requirements set out in ISO/IEC 27001:2013 are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations, regardless of type, size or nature.

Some of the benefits of implementing the ISO 27001 standard are as follows:

  • Brings compliance with legal, regulatory and statutory requirements
  • Enhances vendor status
  • Augmentation in overall organizational efficiency and operational performance
  • Significantly limits security and privacy breaches
  • Provides a process for information security and corporate governance
  • ISO 27001 certification is recognized on a worldwide basis
  • Reduces operational risk while threats are assessed and vulnerabilities are mitigated

Benefits

With a team of 150+ consultants, you will always be assured of the right expertise in terms of solution and technology advisory.
Entire teams are regionally available


The deputed consultant has the backing of Paramount’s pool of highly skilled and qualified consultants and researchers
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