Hi, I’m Sam. I help you to pass the test without losing your sanity.

Sam Glynn

Every organisation faces regular cybersecurity tests:

  • Attackers test you to try to gain access to your data and your money.
  • Clients and prospects test you to ensure you are not a risk to their security.
  • Regulators test you to ensure you align to their expectations.

I ensure you do not spend too much of your time, money or sanity implementing appropriate measures to reduce the risk of failing any of these tests.

You will gain clarity about where you are are, where you need to be, and how you can get there as quickly and effectively as possible. 

Sam is the only IT person I know who doesn’t talk out of his a**. He speaks like people speak!

Identity Protected!, Operations Manager of Regulated Financial Services Firm

First Time Here?

The best way to get oriented is to calculate your ‘Secure Foundation Score’.

  • It takes 2 MINUTES.
  • It’s FREE.
  • You get results IMMEDIATELY.

This will give you an immediate sense of where gaps in your security might be, and what resources on this site could be of most benefit to you.

At a minimum, I guarantee that it will bring some clarity to your cybersecurity efforts.

Protecting your reputation shouldn’t drive you insane

But instead you’re left with confusion:

You deserve reasonable security

That’s where I come in.

No jargon. No upsell. No junior associates.

Just clear, specific advice on how to establish a secure foundation.

Once you have a secure foundation, you can decide if you need more.

Who I Am

I have been providing independent cybersecurity, data protection and IT advice for over 10 years.

Prior to this, I worked in regulated financial services companies for 15 years.

I am a Certified Information Security Manager (ISACA CISM) and a Certified Data Protection Officer (Compliance Institute CDPO, IAPP CIPPE, and IAPP CIPM).

Who I Help

My typical client is a professional services or financial services business, with 5 – 50 staff members.

It may outsource a number of its day-to-day activities to other organisations, or it may provide outsourced services to other firms.

There is usually limited in-house IT and cybersecurity knowledge. Staff may be trying to manage it in-house on a best-efforts basis, or they be assuming their 3rd party IT service providers (MSPs) are managing it for them.

Many are regulated entities, so regulatory compliance can be also a significant concern.

I usually work with:

  • The person accountable for cybersecurity, even though cybersecurity is not their area of expertise (e.g. COO or CEO).
  • The Risk or Compliance team, to provide an independent assessment of the organisation’s defences and regulatory compliance.
  • The Board, to provide guidance on how it can effectively oversee cybersecurity risk management within the organisation.

How I Help

I provide a number of services to meet the specific needs of each of my clients.

For example, when working with the person who is accountable for cybersecurity in an organisation, we usually start with my “Secure Foundation Diagnostic” service.

This service focuses on ensuring you have the key (and usually simple) defences required to significantly reduce the risk of being the next victim of a cyber attack.

There are two service options:

  1. The Full Diagnostic usually takes about 4-5 weeks, and requires about 60 minutes of your time each week. You receive a detailed assessment report, and separate prioritised action plan.
  2. The Light Diagnostic may be a better fit if you just want to get started. It can be completed within a week and involves about 90 minutes of your time. It is not as detailed or thorough as the Full Diagnostic, but it will enable you to identify the obvious gaps in your defences.

Depending on your specific circumstances, we may need to go further and build upon this Secure Foundation. This is particularly true if you are a regulated entity, as you also need to be mindful of regulatory guidance.

But without a Secure Foundation, you’re on shaky ground.

To Get Started

  1. Get your Secure Foundation Score.
  2. On the Results page, you can book a 30-minute meeting at a time that suits you.
  3. Our meeting will focus on your score and ways that you can improve your defences.
  4. This is a free, no-obligation call. But if you want my help, we can discuss the options on the call. 

My Guarantee: After the call, you will be clear on at least 3 things you can do right now – FOR FREE – to significantly improve your defences.

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what my clients say.

Sam is really easy to work with. He is highly organised with good clear communication. He always uses plain English, and avoids IT-speak!! The structure he brought to the process made it much easier for us to go through this – It brought real clarity to our current situation and the steps required to get to where we want to be. Sam’s pragmatism is also very refreshing – Too many IT / Cyber Consultants that I have encountered in the past just pushed the party line and did not consider the audience or organisational situation that they were dealing with. It is great that Sam was always on our wavelength in terms of identifying what is practical/possible, given the size and capability of our organisation and the needs of our clients.
Rebecca McGee, Head of IT & Brand

Xcentuate partners with customers in the Financial Services, Agri, Pharma and Public sectors in EMEA and Asia-Pacific to transform their business operations. We know it is critical to get cyber security right so we can protect our customers and our business. We asked Sam to guide us.

From Day 1, I knew we had made the right decision. Step-by-step and always through plain English, Sam showed us how we could get from where we were to where we needed to be. His recommendations were always pragmatic and well-grounded. Every action was understandable,  achievable, and tied to a clear security benefit.

If you are confused about what appropriate security looks like, what’s important versus what’s just noise, I highly recommend that you ask Sam to define a clear path for your organisation.

IT isn’t our forte so we needed someone in our corner explaining in layman’s terms our current set-up, what needs to be done and how best to do it. Sam broke it down into a series of manageable steps and was willing to work as a liaison between our service provider. He translated IT language into language we could understand. The structure of his recommendations report ensured we were never overwhelmed by the task at hand. We would not have progressed to the point where we are without Sam – end of story. We can now respond to the Central Bank’s Risk Evaluation Questionnaire with a lot more confidence.
Marie Ainsworth, CEO, Mount Street Group