Research Series Limited

CS2 Cyber Security Consultancy Service

CS2 is a service to develop and manage Cyber Programmes for SMEs and Government Departments. Ranging from Bids, Business Cases, Programme Management, Cyber Thought Leadership, Advisory, to Continuous Vulnerability Management, Active Risk Management and Implementation of appropriate countermeasures. Offering consultancy in Cyber Situational Awareness, Cyber Security and Cyber Risk Management.


  • Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC)
  • Cyber security, Computer network security, Information Security and Assurance
  • Cyber Situation Awareness & Cyber Incident Response
  • Standards, ISO 27001, ISO 15408 (a.k.a. Common Criteria)
  • Cyber Strategy, Security Policy and Standards Authoring
  • Policy Authoring, Reviewing and Editing
  • Cyber Risk Analysis and Management
  • National Cyber Security Strategy
  • Information Security Advisory & Accreditation


  • Supports digital forensic programmes for the organisation
  • Offers Cost Efficiency
  • Offers Flexibity
  • On a Time & Material basis
  • Offers Efficiency Programme Management
  • Offers Value for Money
  • Offers Bid Evalution and Assessment
  • Offers Training, Experience, Knowledge and Skills Transfer
  • Offers Speed
  • Offers Strategy


£950 to £1500 per user per day

  • Education pricing available

Service documents

G-Cloud 11


Research Series Limited

Dr Cyril Onwubiko


Service scope

Service scope
Software add-on or extension No
Cloud deployment model Public cloud
Service constraints NA
System requirements
  • Normal Office Software and Desktop Packages
  • Browser

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times 9:00 - 17:00 Monday through Friday, we aim to respond within 30 minutes.

Weekends and bank holiday, our normal response is within 60 minutes.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility None or don’t know
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support No
Onsite support Onsite support
Support levels We provide three levels of technical supports:
1) Dedicated Programme-level Manager - Premium
2) Lead Cyber SME (Level 2)
3) Business Analyst - Lead and Project Manager (Level 1)
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started We will deploy the service, and provide users online training.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction In open data format.
End-of-contract process All deliverable will be handed over to the client.
Training and handover will be provided to the Client's Staff or 3rd party reps.
Project Closure documentation will be provided to the client.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
  • Opera
Application to install No
Designed for use on mobile devices Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service Desktop allows for the different features to be setup using a mouse, which may be challenging on a mobile.
Service interface No
Customisation available Yes
Description of customisation The buyer can customer all our deliverable, such as:
1) Customise reporting,
2) Customise Programme Board pack,
3) Customise Cyber Incident Playbook, Incident Management Process,
4) Customise Bronze/Silver/Gold Command, and
5) Customise a set of Policies, Processes and Procedures


Independence of resources The service is a time and materials basis, which means, the Client can flex up or down dependent on the Client's requirement.


Service usage metrics Yes
Metrics types Number of active risks mitigated.
Number of training provided to the Client or its staff
Number of Workstreams/Projects delivered in the Cyber Programme or other programmes of work
Number of systems and applications onboarded and monitored.
Reporting types
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request


Supplier type Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Asset protection
Knowledge of data storage and processing locations Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
User control over data storage and processing locations Yes
Datacentre security standards Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency At least once a year
Penetration testing approach ‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest Physical access control, complying with SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
Equipment disposal approach A third-party destruction service

Data importing and exporting

Data importing and exporting
Data export approach In open data formats using open standards.
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • ODF
  • Other
Other data export formats In Original format
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data import formats
  • Syslog
  • Raw Log

Data-in-transit protection

Data-in-transit protection
Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability Cloud-based service SLA is inherent of the Cloud supplier.
The On- Prem is a standard support response times of 30 Minutes
Approach to resilience It is available on request.
Outage reporting Email alerts

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication needed Yes
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Only privileged users (pre-provisioned users) are allowed access.
Management interface is separate to Data Channel or Scan Channel
Only management channel is used for user access
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Audit information for users
Access to user activity audit information Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for User-defined
Access to supplier activity audit information Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for User-defined
How long system logs are stored for User-defined

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification No
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification No
Other security certifications Yes
Any other security certifications
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • Cyber Insurance
  • Cyber Essentials

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards Other
Other security governance standards CESG Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
Information security policies and processes NIST Cyber Security Policy,
ISO 27001,
NIST Cyber Security Framework (CSF)

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach CAB-approved change management
Change notification service
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach We conduct continuous vulnerability scans using the SIEM tool, and threat intelligence subscription / feeds enable us to detect and alert of any vulnerabilities or threats that need mitigating.
Protective monitoring type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach We use automated commercial and Gartner-selected SIEM to monitor the ICT estate in real-time, using automate threat intelligence feed to become aware of immediate threats, and using various sensors to detect IOCs so that the SIEM can raise a real-time alert, which are follow and resolved.
The SIEM uses multiple specific-focused sensors for continuous scans, IDS, IPS, threat intel and asset discovery, these allows the environment to be properly monitored.
Incident management type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach Incidents are investigated and reported to the Client.
Incidents are also escalated to the Client.
There is a Major Incident Response Process.
Regular incident reports are provided to the Client, and on request.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Public sector networks

Public sector networks
Connection to public sector networks No


Price £950 to £1500 per user per day
Discount for educational organisations Yes
Free trial available No

Service documents

pdf document: Pricing document pdf document: Service definition document pdf document: Terms and conditions
Service documents
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