Business Challenges 2018

Threats continue to evolve and become increasingly complex. In response, our defence strategies must too evolve and be reviewed to ensure they continue to remain effective and up-to-date. Sapphire have highlighted what we believe are the five most challenging areas of cyber security for businesses today. If these areas resonate with you and your business, we would be delighted to share our insights with you and how Sapphire can help address them.


Nearly 70% of large businesses suffered at least one breach or cyber attack last year, according to the government and that includes some of the worlds most recognised brands. Ransomware in particular has reached epic proportions, striking more than half and causing immediate business shutdown in 20% of cases. That’s not to mention the crippling effects of DDoS attacks, phishing, zero day threats, targeted attacks, financial malware, insider threats and more.

With an average of 13% of people responding to phishing or spear-phishing emails, the best way to mitigate risk against malware hidden in URL links or attachments is to deploy effective controls. Sapphire provide solutions to help combat the ever-evolving threat of malware. From phishing awareness and testing services, endpoint and perimeter solutions, to technical and business consultancy, our team is on hand to deliver secure solutions to protect your business.


  • User Education and Awareness
  • Phishing Simulation
  • Smishing and Vishing Simulation
  • Proactive Endpoint Protection
  • Proactive Gateway Protection
  • Endpoint Document Protection
  • Email and Web Isolation
  • Mobile Threat Prevention


Organisations are moving to the cloud because they understand that the reduced cost, reduced infrastructure requirements, and practically limitless scalability and storage means that they can be more flexible, powerful and productive than ever. However, the number of attacks against cloud infrastructures have risen dramatically and as the threats evolve it’s more important than ever to protect your data and assets in this new infrastructure.

Whether you’re looking to migrate to the cloud, are already using cloud services or are looking to secure the access to cloud applications, Sapphire is able to help. We have worked with customers using various Cloud service providers such as AWS and Azure to deploy Check Point CloudGuard (formerly Check Point vSEC) protects assets in the cloud from the most sophisticated threats with dynamic scalability, intelligent provisioning and consistent control across physical and virtual networks, ensuring you can embrace the cloud with confidence.


  • Cloud Vulnerability Scanning 
  • Cloud Risk Assessments
  • Cloud Threat Assessments
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Cloud Application Security
  • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
  • Access Control & Authentication
  • Cloud Strategy Planning


The redefinition and broadening of ‘personal data’ in the 2018 EU GDPR means that businesses will need to consider what data they hold and how it is handled. Regulatory authorities will have increased powers to take action against data controllers and data processors who do not comply. Protection of this data and how a business manages it – especially in the context of a data breach – will mean that CISOs must consider processes to properly police their own information.

Sapphire provides a range of consultative services and technical controls to assist you to achieve compliance to the GDPR. From a Gap Analysis, to data and asset discovery, through to data classification and DPO as a service, GDPR is not a one-off project that will come to an end in May 2018 but an evolutionary process that will continue for many years to come.


  • GDPR Gap Analysis
  • Improvement Planning & Governance
  • GDPR Documentation
  • GDPR Assurance Services
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Leakage Prevention (DLP)
  • Data Classification
  • Asset Discovery


With the rapid and continued growth of mobile devices, cloud services and virtual infrastructure, employees are bringing new devices and applications onto your businesses network all the time. This creates the challenge of shadow IT, assets that your IT team know nothing about.

Only by achieving full visibility can you gain a true understanding of how effective your IT security programme is and where the real risks lie. Without this, it is challenging to adequately plan on how best to protect against the threats to your business. Sapphire provide services and solutions to help you gain true visibility of your environment and help quantify the risks.


  • Vulnerability Scanning Services
  • Asset Discovery
  • Penetration Testing
  • WIFI Network Testing & Discovery
  • Threat Assessments
  • Security Improvement Plan (SIP)
  • Cloud Application Usage & Control
  • Compliance Monitoring


According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of risk is ‘to expose (someone or something valued) to danger, harm or loss’. Given that data has now taken over from oil as the world’s most valuable resource, it is more vital than ever that businesses are able to fully quantify the risk to their business against current and emerging cyber threats and ensure their valuable or sensitive data does not come to ‘danger, harm or loss’.

Defining an effective IT security strategy which is right for your business is critical to its success. Sapphire can help protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your information, in line with the risk appetite of your business. Our consultants have a wealth of experience in reviewing and preparing businesses for audit, as well as offering practical advice and guidance to steer your cyber security planning along the right path.


  • Penetration Testing
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Managed Vulnerability Management
  • Managed Security Operations Centre (SOC)
  • Security Incident & Event Management (SIEM)
  • Risk Assessments
  • Threat Assessments
  • Security Improvement Plan (SIP)


For greater visibility and control, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d be delighted to hear from you!