Risk Management, Security and Infrastructure

Some clients approach us because IT worries are keeping them awake at night. They’re concerned about increasing cyberthreats, security risks, regulatory issues, and compliance problems. Rightfully so: we meet clients whose businesses have literally been brought to a standstill by online attacks.

Other CEOs simply recognise the need to beef up cybersecurity and to create compliance policies, disaster plans, and business continuity plans.

Whatever the issue, it can be hard to move forward because the IT guys don’t always speak the same English as a CEO!

We assess the risk and present a plan

Risk and compliance management is a difficult area — there is no end to the money you could spend on hardware, software, and advice.

One of our consultants (we call them ‘Principals’) can join your senior team and explain the issues and options in plain business language. Our Principals then help you assess the risk and agree on a commercially sensible plan.

We provide direction

Compliance and risk issues can be extremely complex. People without an IT background often don’t have enough time to fully investigate the details and make an assessment.

Freeman Clarke is unique because one of our Principals can get involved in every aspect of your IT, from servers and infrastructure to bespoke software.

We will understand your business, the demands of your sector, your back-office systems, your processes and data, your clients and supplier contracts.

We can present issues and options in business terms to allow the senior team to assess the real business issue, including your own appetite for risk, and to put in place a plan.

All our Principals have wide experience of common regulations and practices, and we have excellent links to experts in legal issues and specific areas of technical risk.

We understand that different clients have different needs

Many of our clients are traditional companies who simply need to get the basics right.

Some of our clients provide critical 24/7 services and need to be confident they can keep operating to fulfil their contracts and commitments.

Other clients are high-profile organisations subject to sustained cyberattack, sometimes politically motivated or even state-sponsored.

What they all have in common is the need for commercially viable, technically sensible arrangements.

Business insights: Risk Management, Security and Infrastructure

Plain-English Board-level briefings, videos and posts

Real-World Advice to the Board About Meltdown and Spectre

Another week and another story about malware, this time the attacks are called Meltdown and Spectre. These weaknesses are particularly...

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Minimising the Phishing Threat: A CEO’s Checklist

To download, save or print this Infographic, click here Freeman Clarke is the UK’s largest and most experienced team of...

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Techology Roadmap for Growth – A CEO’s Briefing

As companies grow, their IT inevitably needs to change and develop. In reality, few companies follow a well-planned path so...

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What Does It Take to Stay at the Top of Our Game?

People are the most important part of any business. We run conferences where we hear from expert speakers and run...

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How to Avoid a CRM Car Crash

Any CEO knows that customer information is a very valuable asset. And how you manage customer relationships is vital. So...

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A CEO’s Briefing: Solving Systems Integration Problems

IT and Systems Integration problems can make a simple business feel complicated. Whether its the CRM system, Finance System, a...

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CEO’s Action Plan: GDPR – One Year to Prepare!

There is now just one year until the new GDPR becomes law. The new rules are very different, and there is...

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GDPR Essentials: The Impact on IT, Legal and Marketing for Your Business

GDPR – the EU General Data Protection Regulation – is among the biggest legislative changes to hit UK businesses in...

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Four Key Steps to Successfully Managing IT Suppliers

The IT Suppliers you use in your business are a critical component to your success. Like any other team though,...

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When Nature gets Angry – Are You ready?

This is what Datchet looks like at the moment. One of our clients, comxo, has an office in Datchet, fortunately...

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GDPR: Mindset & Culture – A Short Note for the Board

Original article written by Trupti Harding-Shah of My Inhouse Lawyer, www.myinhouselawyer.uk In her video address yesterday, marking the 1 year...

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Manufacturing – Part 2: Board Checklist for Successful ERP Projects

Manufacturing companies’ internal efficiency and effectiveness are highly reliant on sound ERP systems. But all too often we meet CEOs...

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GDPR Action Plan: 6 Months to Go

Like me you’ve probably been bombarded by emails and offers about GDPR. But the material I receive is rarely any...

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GDPR: A Simple Guide for CEOs (and What to do Right Now)

[Since his article was originally posted we have created a new detailed slide deck. A link to download these slides...

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The Hazards of Scaling Up Your Business (and How to Avoid Them)

Imagine this: the co-founder of a multi-million-dollar HR management software company with almost 500 employees likes to micromanage to the...

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GDPR – The Voice of Reason

Anyone who is involved with GDPR will know that there are always complexities and dilemmas, and these are often not...

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Digital Transformations – Efficiency, Effectiveness & Risk Management

For many companies, the technology strategy begins and ends with technical details in which the Board have little interest. The...

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5 Steps to Get Your IT Budget Under Control

We meet some companies who are constantly banging their heads against a brick wall when it comes to their IT...

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How to Stop Worrying About Cybersecurity and Compliance: Part I

This article is the first in our two-part report designed to provide busy CEOs with a template for mitigating the...

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CEO’s Briefing on IT Risks, Compliance and Security

No doubt you worry about growing your business and being successful, but as the business grows and becomes successful, protecting...

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Board Action Plan: IT Roadmap for Growth

To download, save or print this CEO's Action Plan, click here Companies planning growth need to have a plan for...

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How to Stop Worrying About Cybersecurity and Compliance: Part II

This article is the second in our two-part report designed to provide busy CEOs with a template for mitigating the...

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3 Common Problems with Systems Integration

Integration challenges can be difficult to identify. In this video, Freeman Clarke Co-founder Graeme Freeman explains three of most common...

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3 Focus Points for Successful Systems Integration

Freeman Clarke Co-founder Graeme Freeman explains the three areas you’ll need to focus on for a successful systems integration project...

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Scale-Up an Ecommerce Business – a Strategic Model.

Many successful Ecommerce businesses have been launched by entrepreneurs passionate about a product or market place, or who have spotted...

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CEO’s Guide to Strategic IT for M&A or Exit.

UK M&A activity progressively increased during 2017 and is forecast to grow further during 2018. With growth in most economic...

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Technology Fire Triangle. Part 2: Data

This is part 2 of our series of 3 briefings about the Technology Fire Triangle. A term we coined to simplify...

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Manufacturing – Part 3: Getting Data Right

Getting Data Right is a Critical Commercial Issue for Manufacturing Businesses We meet many manufacturing CEOs who are frustrated that,...

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Manufacturing – Part 1: The Impact of the Internet of Things

The impact of the Internet of Things on manufacturing is often talked about, but as ever, IT companies like to...

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Preparing for Strategic IT Demands from Corporate Clients

Providing services or product to corporate clients can be a lucrative opportunity. Large, stable clients can be a good market...

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How Can ERP Deliver Transformation

We have recorded a series of discussions about ERP. Two of our Regional Directors (Christine Parker Stubbs and Victor Kemeny)...

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Don’t Let a Disaster Ruin Your Day

The phrase “disaster recovery” conjures up earthquakes, fires and collapsing buildings. But a disaster can be as simple as a...

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AI and Its Impact on Business

Companies from Amazon to Aviva are investing in future technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI), changing their businesses, and filing patents...

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ERP Explained: The Basics

At Freeman Clarke, clients frequently ask for our help with their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects. We’re not surprised, because...

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A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems Part I: How to Spot Them

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Using IT to Succeed in Third Party Logistics (3PL)

In an increasingly competitive market, the best 3rd party logistics (3PL) firms capture the lion’s share of the opportunities. IT...

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A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems Part II: How to Solve Them

(This is the second of our two-part series on integration problems. Click to read Part I: How to Spot Them.)...

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Technology Fire Triangle. Part 1: Integration

Our aim is for IT to actively contribute to our clients’ strategic success rather than being a drag and a...

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Working with Wise (Wo)men

It’s on Twelfth Night, or Epiphany – that many Christians celebrate the wise men arriving at the nativity scene. We...

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Hiring a CTO – What are the 6 Must Haves?

We hire more CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors than any other organisation in the UK and we are often asked...

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Custom Software & Digital

Custom software is an opportunity to build real competitive advantage, making your business unique and adding business value. But custom...

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Cyber, Legal, Compliance … How a CEO Can Sleep Soundly

It is not an exaggeration to say that most days we meet companies who have been hacked, their reputations damaged,...

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6 Common IT Budget Blunders

1. No agreed IT strategy or plans No IT strategy means “the IT guys” will come up with a new...

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A Strategy for Solving Systems Integration Problems

For many businesses, systems that don’t work together are the source of major headaches. Systems that don’t talk to each...

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Work Life Balance for Top IT Leaders

If you’ve got to the top in IT, the chances are that a lot of dedication and hard work got...

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Even for Visa It’s Hard to Get Disaster Recovery Right, Can You?

The recent Visa systems outage brings disaster planning into sharp focus. A simple hardware failure brought chaos to shoppers across...

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2017 Employment Law Update

Here’s an article by Angela McDonald, HR Director at People Puzzles, a very close partner of ours… With so many changes...

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Employment Law Changes – October 2016

Here's an article by Ally Maughan, Founder and CEO of People Puzzles, a very close partner of ours... Employment law...

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Technology Fire Triangle. Part 3: Compliance

Successful businesses are worth protecting. But it is very difficult to strike the balance between investing in the success of...

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Getting the Benefits of BYOD

Many staff use their technology routinely for work, a trend that’s called Bring your Own Device (BYOD). For example, most...

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Is Your Project Stuck in the Weeds?

IT projects of every type can run into problems, get delayed, or overrun. Budgets and plans get abandoned. Projects get stuck...

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Cyber Security & Compliance Strategy for Non-Technical Board Members

Cyber and compliance are huge threats, but for a non-technical board member it’s difficult to set direction and strategy if...

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Technology Strategy and Vision

Connecting your systems and digital strategy to your business objectives.

Custom Software and Digital

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Team Development and Leadership

Enable your IT team and suppliers to help drive efficiency, service, and innovation.

Focus on Private Equity

PE houses are driven by valuations, and IT and tech are now at the heart of business value.

Business Systems, Integration and Reporting

Efficient and scalable systems and processes allow business to grow and flourish.

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