About Us

Opt-Sec was formed with a clear objective:-

"To Optimise your efforts to Secure your information"

The Frameworks for Best Practices in information Security have already been comprehensively laid out in a number of Policies. These policies have been introduced by various organisations (ISO, PCI etc) with the aim of standardising terminology, definitions and minimum requirements. They are far from easy to understand however, and tend to be overly complicated, riddled with jargon and very confusing.

To compound matters, many vendors have jumped on the bandwagon and will go to great pains to point out how their products will “make you compliant”. This is usually because the use of their product will probably contribute towards the satisfaction of one or more of the requirements of one of the major Policies, but it is hardly ever because the product does everything that needs to be done to satisfy any Policy completely.

We thought there was a growing need for a Team who could explain which products can help and in which ways – using products to help satisfy compliance instead of using compliance to help sell products!

We thought there was also a clear need for simple to use systems that can help those tasked with making their organisations compliant to understand their chosen compliance Policy, manage the compliance Processes and implement the right technologies – through to Certification and beyond!

We can’t make you compliant – only you can do that – but we can optimise your efforts to secure your information, become compliant and stay compliant, in the minimum time and with the minimum effort and cost.

Please feel free to explore the pages of this website to learn more and, when you’re ready, we look forward to working with you.


Data Protection Top Priority for Europe Heading into 2017

Businesses in the UK and Europe are increasingly at risk for payment data theft. In the UK alone, there were more than 2.46 million cyber incidents in 2015. Financial Fraud Action UK reported over one million incidents of financial fraud in the first half of 2016, a 25 per cent increase on the same period in 2015.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0500

EMVCo and PCI SSC Combine Expertise on 3-D Secure 2.0

Technical body EMVCo and PCI Security Standards Council have announced that they are collaborating to support the upcoming launch of 3-D Secure 2.0 (3DS 2.0). The announcement was made at the PCI Security Standards Council Community Meeting of global cyber security experts in Las Vegas, U.S, last week (20-22 September).

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0500