Grant Thornton and Lewis Silkin launch cyber security audit

A NEW cyber security offering has been launched with the expertise of both Grant Thornton and lawyers Lewis Silkin.

The accounting and legal giants have partnered to create DataCheckPoint, an eight-stage data and cyber security audit offering.

The audit incorporates a new scoping and gap analysis methodology, which the firms describe as catering for “innovative reporting and effective compliance implementation programmes”. New data security rules, in the guise of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Security of Network and Information Systems Directive (NIS Directive), both come into force from May 2018.

“With Europe taking data and cyber security incredibly seriously and establishing new rules, a joined-up approach to compliance and audit is now a necessity and we’re delighted to be launching DataCheckPoint as a solution for businesses,” said Dr Nathalie Moreno, partner at Lewis Silkin.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Grant Thornton and count them as our trusted advisers in the realm of cyber security; it is a pleasure to be working with them to combine our expertise in this innovative new service for all organisations doing business in Europe.”

A tailor-made, flexible, offering

Manu Sharma, head of cyber security at Grant Thornton UK LLP 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, separately, announced the appointment of Vinny Cullagh as a tax partner. Cullagh joins the firm’s growing London tax practice, specialising in indirect tax, and will focus on strengthening the firms VAT offering in the real estate and financial services sectors, and leading on the development of VAT automation

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