Merthyr Tydfil Council take a best practice approach to IT Assurance. Leading the way in the Government Connect Code of Connection programme, they became the first local authority to achieve CoCo Compliance, and are working towards ISO 27001.
The experienced IT team at Merthyr realise that gaining CoCo accreditation is only the beginning of the IT Assurance challenge; sustaining those standards required to maintain compliance and deliver best practice IT Governance won’t be easy, particularly in the area of user awareness. Traditional methods of communication, such as email and corporate intranet, cannot be relied upon to deliver on requirements such as regular risk assessment, verifiable communication with all staff, and most importantly, demonstrating due care. In light of this, Merthyr Tydfil Council have deployed MetaCompliance Advantage, a specialist compliance automation tool from Metacompliance. Ryan James, IT Security Manager at Merthyr Tydfil, explains why the council chose MetaCompliance:
“The solution that MetaCompliance provides will assist Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to achieve accreditation in ISO 27001 and maintain accreditation with GCSx CoCo. The product is very user-friendly, and meets the authority’s requirements by assisting us to communicate policies and raise awareness of ICT Security. From pre-sales to implementation, we have found the staff at Metacompliance to be professional and knowledgeable, and we look forward to developing our continued working relationship.”
MetaCompliance will deliver a number of key benefits to Merthyr Tydfil’s IT Assurance programme:
Yesterday’s security awareness won’t prevent data leakage or support the data protection and business continuity needs of the future. The development of an effective information risk management culture requires an ongoing, inclusive, automated user awareness programme, only then will local authorities be able to maintain best practice IT Assurance.
If you wish to find out more about the MetaCompliance suite of products, please contact Metacompliance on 0207 917 9527.