Frequently Asked Questions

Does Security Management Consultants perform penetration tests?

No. If a client requires that penetration testing be carried out we normally suggest using a company that is a member of CREST. However, we are able to perform vulnerability scanning which is typically the first stage of penetration testing.

Does Security Management Consultants deliver public training courses?

Only very occasionally.  We do not offer a year-round programme of public courses.  Usually, training is delivered as part of the change and compliance programmes we run for individual client organizations.

Does Security Management Consultants LTD certify organisations or management systems?

No. We are not a certification body. We help organisations design and implement management systems that are appropriate for their business and comply with the requirements of relevant standards such as ISO 27001. However, we can guide organisations through the process of being formally certified and have successfully assisted many organizations in this way. To find out more about accredited certification bodies in the UK, please visit the UKAS website.

Where can I buy British and International Standards such as BS EN ISO 27001?

In the past we found that it was advantageous to ‘shop around’ to see if resellers of standards offered cheaper prices. Today we don’t see much variation in pricing and so normally just use the BSi Shop or the ISO Store.

Security Management Consultants LTD is not a reseller of International or British Standards.

Does Security Management Consultants LTD recommend using certification bodies that are not UKAS-accredited?

No.  We recommend that our UK clients select UKAS-accredited certification bodies when seeking formal certification to ISO 27001, ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and other internationally-recognised management system standards.

What happened to Hillside Software?

On 14th March 2014 Hillside Software Publishing Limited (trading as ‘Hillside Software’) formally changed its name to Security Management Consultants LTD.  This was done to better reflect the company’s core business.