Collaboration Stars | Calm Digital and North Cyber Security

You probably remember the enforcement of GDPR rules in 2018 right?  

North Cyber Security and Calm’s collaboration on their clients websites and systems helps clients to be diligent when it comes to GDPR and preventing data breaches. 

In this week’s Collaboration Stars we’re discussing Boho One neighbours Calm Digital and North Cyber Security’s work on a company’s website with a £9m turnover. 

A review of the web application took place via screen share where functionality, user methodology, data and the technology were demonstrated and discussed. North Cyber Security then ran through the process that would be undertaken for the penetration test. 

After spending time developing the site, Calm set up an environment where a full test of the site could be undertaken. This was done on a staging site to prevent any harm to the live version of the website. 

A full penetration test then took place using the OWASP methodology by a CREST accredited tester. The ethical hack used industry standard tools in conjunction with North Cyber Securitys own specially developed security platform. 

Following this process, a full report was then sent back to Calm to work on any security issues. Once fixed North Cyber Security retested the site for free. 

Helen Stewart, Director at Calm, said: “Our focus is on website development, we don’t focus on penetration testing and so working with North Cyber Security means we can ensure our websites are highly secure. 

“We’ve collaborated with lots of different digital companies in Teesside to make sure we get what’s best for the client. It’s what I love about Teesside.” 

Calm Digital specialises in software development, including large scale systems and custom-built websites using Django on the Python Platform. 

The company has just begun work on a huge contract with Fuji Film which will see a capacity planning system created for Fuji both in their local premises and at their US headquarters. 

North Cyber Security offers penetration testing and IT, technology and software due diligence on investments, mergers and acquisitions ranging from £1m to £300m. 

Ben Kenyon, Director at North Cyber Security, said: “We’re currently looking to work with SAAS business as well as web development agencies who build SAAS products. 

“As GDPR has come into effect everyone is increasingly responsible for securing data to prevent security breaches. It can have a large impact on a business if they have a security breach such as fines from the ICO and massive reputational damage.” 

Ben advises that it is the owner of the website who is responsible for ensuring the data they process is secure. By offering clients the chance to penetration test their website the ICO could reduce or avoid fines in the case of a breach as it shows diligence has been taken to ensure data is kept safe. 

North Cyber Security are currently looking for further collaborations with web developers in Teesside, you can get in contact with them here.

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