Meet the team

Simon Clark Co-founder

Simon has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. Introducing ethernet to the market in the eighties, switching in the nineties and solid-state firewalls in 2000.

Since then, as the Cyber landscape has rapidly evolved, Simon has been involved with protecting his customers from emerging attacks both inside and outside the network. Increasingly the focus has moved towards cloud and SaaS based tools to offer faster, better levels of security that can be managed more simply and cost effectively. Simon has worked for both blue chip and start-ups over the years including Cisco and Brocade. During that time Simon has developed a unique understanding of the cyber technologies that are ever evolving and where they fit within enterprise company’s security strategies.

Co-founding Fort Net was a natural progression to doing what he loves and being able to offer independent advice to his customers. Bridging the gap between the customer’s core business and the confusing array of security solutions that need to be implemented.

“I believe most companies need help navigating the plethora of cyber vendors . Our aim is to take the legwork out and help our customers make better decisions.”

Products & Services

Contact the FortNet team if you would like some advice regarding how to protect your organisation, employees or your clients. If you know exactly what you are looking for but need some help finding it we can help there too. FortNet have a broad range of knowledge regarding vendors combined with partnerships with leading cyber security providers to be able to help companies of all sizes. We’ll be delighted to provide a free assessment of your current security posture and make some recommendations based upon your business priorities. Please contact us here however, in the meantime the options below may help you clarify your thoughts.

What’s your area of interest?

What are you looking to achieve?

Free Cyber Health Check

Free Cyber assessment of your situation. You may want an overall view or have a very specific concern. The assessment will take the form of a telephone consultation. We discuss you and your organisation and look at the current risks facing your industry, size and structure vs. the tools you already have in place. On the basis of what you tell us we will tell you where we feel you are well protected and if there are areas with ‘room for improvement’ we’ll tell you that too. This is entirely independent and no obligation from you afterwards to do anything.

In Depth Cyber Assessment

A detailed analysis of your cyber posture. This will be in depth health assessment. The service will look not only at your technology but your processes and staff too. The resulting report will make recommendations regarding process, staff training and awareness.

Cyber Strategy

Once you have had a health check, FortNet will work with you to agree a short medium and long term strategy that is right for your digital transformation.

Working to your budgets and growth aspirations it is important to make sure that lack of security never holds up those plans.

We can plan a journey with you to make sure your business priorities are front and central to your cyber security roadmap.

What are you looking to achieve?

Anti-Virus

Over a quarter of organisations which fall victim to ransomware attacks opt to pay the ransom as they feel as if they have no other option than to give into the demands of cyber criminals – and the average ransom amount is now over $1 million.

The top three challenges named by enterprise IT security teams were an increased volume of threats and security incidents, insufficient remote access / virtual private network (VPN) capacity, and increased risks due to unmanaged devices.

With such a shortage of qualified Cyber specialists it is essential for organisations to have a clear plan in the event of a ransomware attack.

Fort Net promote Bitdefender because it is used in 38% of other cyber vendors products and they have more installed licences than any other vendor. They also have a comprehensive set of more advanced products that help you to manage, detect and respond to attacks.

Fort Net work closely with our customers to ensure they have the most appropriate end point protection whether it be straightforward anti-virus or more comprehensive endpoint protection with sophisticated tools and services.

Data Loss Protection (DLP)

DLP can protect against all kinds of adversaries, malicious or not. 61% of companies have suffered an insider attack in the past year. 22% have had six incidents.

Since 2007 there have been thousands of data breaches and many more security incidents.

Billions of records have been lost in giant data breaches such as: the database misconfiguration that leaked nearly 200 million US voter records in 2015, the Equifax data breach that kept getting bigger, BA having 5000 credit cards skimmed and the Yahoo breach that affected 3 billion users.

These are only a few of the many headliners that emphasise the need to protect your organization’s data.

Fort Net UK advises our customers with respect to the most suitable products and services for their organisation and strategic priorities

Insider Threat

An insider threat is the risk posed by employees or contractors regarding the theft of sensitive data, misuse of their access privileges, or fraudulent activity that puts the organization’s reputation and brand at risk. The insider’s behavior can be malicious, complacent, or ignorant, which in turn can amplify the impact to the organization resulting in monetary and reputational loss.

80% of employees tend to take data with them, 2 weeks to 2 months prior to their termination date.

The main insider threats are performed as follows:

  • Email forwarding including non-business domains and competitors
  • Misuse of cloud collaboration
  • Removable devices

Fort Net UK can provide solutions that will detect and report this activity

GRC - Governance, Regulation & Compliance

GRC tools are emerging. These tools provide essential reporting information to the board. Accelerate audit delivery and reduce man-hours. The need for regulatory compliance and audit trails in the event of a breach have never been more necessary.

Fort Net works with their customers to provide software tools to streamline GRC and expertise to ensure the appropriate GRC rules are in place for your industry sector.

Remote Access

Remote access is here to stay

Secure access to your data from anywhere

Do you need a VPN, biometrics, two factor authentication, or employee education?

There are so many questions before you get an answer

Fort Net UK Ltd specialize in providing our customers with guidance to ensure you have the appropriate security in place to secure your staff and data wherever they might be.

Email Security

What are you looking to achieve?

Data Management

  • A secure backup strategy needs to clean the data first, removing duplicates, old files and some PII information
  • Optimise your infrastructure across any storage on premise to the cloud
  • Analyse, move, manage and modernize your infrastructure to drive cost reduction, risk mitigation and policy automation

Secure Backup

  • Data Protection Stop managing backups. Use one policy-based solution for on-prem, at the edge, or in the cloud.
  • Ransomware Recovery Minimize business downtime from ransomware with ML-driven detection and instant recoveries.
  • Regulatory Compliance Discover your riskiest data. Automate data classification to support data privacy regulations.
  • Data Mobility Archive and migrate data to the cloud securely. Search the cloud. Recover on-demand.

In the event of a breach it is essential that you have confidence in your backup strategy. Have you recently tested your backups? Are the backups infected with malware? Fort Net works with our customers to ensure a strategy is in place with a leading back up provider.

Data Loss Protection (DLP)

DLP can protect against all kinds of adversaries, malicious or not. 61% of companies have suffered an insider attack in the past year. 22% have had six incidents.

Since 2007 there have been thousands of data breaches and many more security incidents.

Billions of records have been lost in giant data breaches such as: the database misconfiguration that leaked nearly 200 million US voter records in 2015, the Equifax data breach that kept getting bigger, BA having 5000 credit cards skimmed and the Yahoo breach that affected 3 billion users.

These are only a few of the many headliners that emphasise the need to protect your organization’s data.

Fort Net UK advises our customers with respect to the most suitable products and services for their organisation and strategic priorities.

Insider Threat

An insider threat is the risk posed by employees or contractors regarding the theft of sensitive data, misuse of their access privileges, or fraudulent activity that puts the organization’s reputation and brand at risk. The insider’s behavior can be malicious, complacent, or ignorant, which in turn can amplify the impact to the organization resulting in monetary and reputational loss.

80% of employees tend to take data with them, 2 weeks to 2 months prior to their termination date.

The main insider threats are performed as follows:

  • Email forwarding including non-business domains and competitors
  • Misuse of cloud collaboration
  • Removable devices

Fort Net UK can provide solutions that will detect and report this activity

What are you looking to achieve?

eCommerce

Whether your e.cmmerce platform is hosted or resides in the Cloud. Breaches such as BA experienced in 2018 where 5,000 credits were skimmed are common. Magecart are attacking thousands of companies with Javascript insertion which is not detected by conventional security tools.

Fort Net UK advises our customers regarding the possible ways to prevent such an attack and rapidly detect if a beach has occurred.

Cloud Security

99% of all miconfigurations in the cloud go unreported.

Many people have the misconception that placing their data in the Cloud means it is secure. Unfortunatley this is not the case even when using Cloud services from the big providers such as AWS, Azure and Google.

The challenges:

  • Visibility
  • Misconfigured servers
  • Human error
  • Compliance
  • IAM

Fort Net UK advises our clients with regard to the above, working with leading vendors that provide agent-less SaaS based services to add a highly manageable and secure layer to the Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Management

By 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have explicit strategies to adopt SASE, Security-as-a-service, up from less than 1% at year-end 2018. (Gartner 2019). Many people have the misconception that placing their data in the Cloud means it is secure. Unfortunately this is not the case even when using Cloud services from the big providers such as AWS, Azure and Google.

The challenges:

  • Visibility
  • Misconfigured servers
  • Human error
  • Compliance
  • IAM

Fort Net UK advises our customers with regard to the above, working with leading vendors that provide agent-less SaaS based services to add a highly manageable and secure layer to the Cloud Infrastructure.

Website performance

Amazon reported sustaining a 2.3Tbs DDoS attack in 2020.How can you maximise your website performance across the Globe whilst protecting against a DDoS attack.

If your CDN provider is attacked, what can you do?

Fort Net UK advises our customers with regard to cost effectively spreading risk across multiple CDN providers and protecting against DDoS attacks

Outsourced SoC

You have outsourced everything to the Cloud. So why not outsource your Monitoring, Analysing and responding, MDR, too?

Challenges:

  • Keeping up with the latest threats and Intel
  • Keeping Staff
  • Managing the tools
  • Outsourcing your MDR provides an ROI of potentially more than 30%

Fort Net UK advises their customers with regard to external resourcing of Cyber Security including remediation, GRC and out-sourced SOC’s.

Splunk Automation and Integration

Automation and integration has to be the focus of most organisations.

There are tools available to maximise your investment in Splunk Phantom

  • Providing security policy Governance across AWS, GCP and Azure
  • IAM Governance
  • Asset Inventory across AWS, GCP and Azure in a single pane of glass
  • Customisable summary, detailed and executive reports

Fort Net advises their customers with regard to the visibility, compliance, security and IAM of their Cloud infrastructure and ensures a seamless integration to Splunk using jointly developed Apps

What are you looking to achieve?

Patching

NCSC states “patching remains the single most important thing you can do to secure your technology, and is why applying patches is often described as doing the basics.”

Fort Net UK can advise regarding the most suitable way for you to manage your patching process from

  • VisiDiscover all your devices exposed to the Internet
  • Discover all your internal assets
  • Understand which assets are not currently within your patch process

Technology Refresh End-of-Life Equipment (EOL)

With End-of-Life technology, patches, bug fixes and security upgrades automatically stop. As a result, your product security is essentially at a dead halt. Your security is totally compromised. There's no quick fix, either; vendors will no longer offer a patch.

  • End-of-life software dangers
  • Security vulnerabilities: No more security fixes being issued by Microsoft means that Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP are now a minefield of security hazards. For this reason alone, you should update ASAP. A firewall and anti-virus are not sufficient protection against unpatchable vulnerabilities, which hackers are quick to exploit.
  • Software incompatibility: New applications are optimized for the most recent OSes. That means when using EOL operating systems, you can’t upgrade to the latest and greatest, so you’ll have to hold onto legacy applications (which are likely also EOL or soon to be).
  • Compliance issues: Regulated industries like healthcare and e-commerce deal with lots of sensitive customer data. Entrusting your critical information to a decade-old OS or an unsecure application? STOP. In addition to security lapses, it could result in big fines, company shutdowns, or possible jail time.
  • High operating costs: The costs of maintaining and bug-fixing any post-EOL software can be steep. The expense of paying Microsoft to patch an EOL operating system can greatly exceed the price of simply replacing Windows Server 2003. What about the high cost of a mission-critical app failing? These are all things to consider.
  • Poor performance and reliability: Chances are, if you’re still running legacy apps or old versions of Windows, then you’ve got some aging servers and workstations hanging around the office too… adding to your risk because these likely out-of-warranty devices are prone to breaking down. Consider that downtime alone could be more costly than an overdue upgrade.

Fort Net UK can advise and help organisations to

  • Locate EOL and unpatched equipment
  • Securely manage EOL and unpatched equipment
  • Additionally work with you to select the most suitable replacement equipment and to take advantage of manufacturers trade-in programs if they exist

What are you looking to achieve?

Attack Surface Management

Phish Threats

Domain Impersonation / Squatting

Mobile Threats

Social Monitoring

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VIP Personnel Protection

What are you looking to achieve?

Deployment

Security Health Check

Pen Testing

Managed Security Services

Outsourced SOC

You have outsourced everything to the Cloud. So why not outsource your Monitoring, Analysing and responding, MDR, too?

Challenges:

  • Keeping up with the latest threats and Intel
  • Keeping Staff
  • Managing the tools
  • Outsourcing your MDR provides an ROI of potentially more than 30%

Fort Net UK advises their customers with regard to external resourcing of Cyber Security including remediation, GRC and out-sourced SOC’s.

Strategy Consultation

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely

E. O. Wilson

No such thing as a stupid question.

We’ll be happy to discuss your current situation and if we can help then let’s talk about it