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Governance, Risk and Compliance

Leveraging Governance, Risk and Compliance into a Competitive Advantage

Our GRC services take the pain away from regulations and audits. Count on our tried-and-tested method to bring your business to the next level. 

With the advent of GDPR in May 2018, compliance is no longer optional for any organisation. Rather than view Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) as an unwanted distraction, use it to leverage competitive advantage. 

Maintaining compliance standards requires an in-depth understanding of security policies, frameworks and systems in order to manage the compliance process. Our team have the knowledge and expertise to aid you in achieving your best standard.

Fully Compliant & Productive

Understand your Risk

We start with a GAP Analysis and understand your drivers for achieving a higher level of risk maturity. It will produce a simple-to-navigate board-level report of key risks, with recommendations and next steps.

Practical Steps

We guide you through the right security framework to help you achieve your goals and certification paths. The objective will be broken down to practical steps, and these will be performed under our guidance.

Join our Compliance Platform

We provide a compliance platform that provides a structured risk-based approach to compliance management. This allows for complete collaboration, and ensures we’re on the right track.

Automated Processes

Some of the tasks we’ll work on to progress through the compliance life cycle are automated, such as evidence gathering – saving more time than you can imagine.

Prepare for the Audit

We offer professional advice on external cyber security and compliance audits. Our team is very experienced in these situations and offer remediation services to address shortfalls.

Continuous Improvement

Compliance is a journey, and we’ll guide you there. Our recurring compliance services assist with evidence gathering and policy reviews throughout the year, ensuring that standards compliance are maintained.

Ready to master compliance?

Unique Solutions with Uncompromised Standards

We work only to the standards of our clients and accreditors – delivering expert IT with full corporate compliance. The result is bespoke IT solutions that provide reassurance of your full corporate compliance.

Our compliance team are experienced in managing and progress-reporting on the delivery of different security and compliance frameworks, such as GDPR, Cyber Essentials, PCI-DSS, HIPAACentral Bank of Ireland Regulations, NIST and ISO27001. We guide our clients through different levels of compliance maturity, depending on their individual requirements.

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Compliance & Cyber Security Programme

The continual process of improvement for compliance and cyber security

Our programme provides a complete framework and system for the management of Cyber Security risk in your organisation. This is no ‘one size fits all’ Cyber Security Programme. Spector uses well-established Cyber Risk Management principles, guided by widely accepted best practice.

We simplify compliance management, defining clear accountabilities and outcomes. This is all managed and maintained through our collaborative Risk Management solution.

Learn more about our Cyber Security and Compliance Programme, how it works, and if it’s right for you with our short brochure. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any other questions!

Our Customer Accreditations

Andrew Duff

Senior Communications Engineer at BP Multipage

“Spector understood exactly what our company was trying to achieve and the requirements we had from the outset.

They formulated a plan to deliver the best solution possible which was executed both professionally and seamlessly. The level of knowledge and expertise that Spector possess allowed us to feel reassured that we were in safe hands. The finished solution met our requirements perfectly with a safe and secure IT infrastructure which allows us to do what we do best, Look after our customers.”

Kathryn Meghen

CEO at the Royal Institute of Architects

“As part of their compliance service Spector assisted the RIAI in the implementation of enhanced technical controls and information security management. A suite of security policies was provided. The management and communication skills of the compliance team are excellent and I would recommend their service. Spector continue to advise us on all aspects of IT management and security compliance.”

Cathy Harrison

Business Manager at BCF Diagnostics

“It is a pleasure to have Spector Information Security as our IT partner. Spector consistently provide an excellent service in a professional and timely manner to BCF Diagnostics Ltd and we anticipate continuing our eight year relationship with Spector for very many years to come.”

Complete, compliant solutions that grow your business.

Leverage compliance to bring your business to the next level. Practical steps to get you where you want.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) significantly changes data protection law in Europe, strengthening the rights of individuals and increasing the obligations on organisations. It came into effect on May 25th 2018.

As a business organisation, you are now required to be fully transparent about how you are using and safeguarding personal data, and to be able to demonstrate accountability for their data processing activities. The right set of policies and procedures, as well as staff awareness and training, will ensure you can demonstrate you are managing private data effectively.

To know more about what is GDPR or how it will affect SMEs in Ireland, click on these links and read our articles.

Cyber Essentials is a globally recognised baseline standard for IT security. It is managed by Certification Europe. Think of it as health check covering core areas of IT and IT security controls. The Cyber Essentials scheme is used to ‘give assurance’ to both clients and providers that you apply basic levels of IT-related security.

Having a Cyber Essentials certification can help you secure contracts, reduces your risks of data breaches and other attacks, helps to address other compliance requirements (such as GDPR), and generally makes good business sense.

To learn more about the benefits of Cyber Essentials, click here.

NIST is a world-recognised Cyber Security Framework, based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices for organisations to better manage and reduce cyber security risk. Apart from having comprehensive coverage in all areas of technology risk management, the NIST CSF also has the advantage of being easy to explain. By providing a common language to address cybersecurity risk management, it is especially helpful in communicating with both internal and external stakeholders.

The framework will help an organisation to better understand, manage, and reduce its cyber security risks. It will assist in determining which activities are most important to assure critical operations and service delivery.

To learn more, read our Guide on NIST and learn how to leverage the framework and build a risk management system for your organisation.

Our Cyber Security and Compliance Foundations project has been specifically designed to prepare Spector for compliance standards such as Cyber Essentials, GDPR, ISO and HIPPA, to name but a few. We have designed this solution over several years working with companies in industries such as financial services, healthcare and insurance and have successfully completed multiple projects right through to audit completion.

Our standard framework includes:

  • The supply and tailoring of Security Policies – numbering between 17 and 23 policies.
  • Secure build – technology meeting policy standards and Cyber Security protection.
  • Evidence Gathering – gathering of policy compliance and cyber security controls.
  • Maintaining standards – the ongoing tasks, policy updates and reviews that need to be performed in order to maintain compliance.
  • A single repository for all data – we retain all policies, reports, reviews and security-based information in a secure, fully audited file share.
  • Auditing – assistance with audit preparation and management of non-conformities for those companies that are
    audited either internally/externally or both.

A lot of our current customers came to us with that mindset. There are many levels of GRC and the secret is to handle one at a time. The path begins with small steps, all within reach of your organisation, and as you progress the following actions begin to make more sense.

With our practical frameworks and guidance, any level of compliance is within reach. We will be able to tell exactly where you are and what you need to do to move forward.

Projects differ in complexity but are often delivered within a 4-6 week time window.

Projects generally have two parts. The first covers the setup of your Cyber Security and Compliance framework – this get you positioned for compliance, but your responsibilities don’t end there. To continue being compliant, you’ll require a calendar of reviews and events to make sure that you have the evidence to support your compliance requirements. This is an ongoing service we offer and one that evolves with changes to compliance standards.