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The Brief

Natural Resources Wales manages the natural resources of Wales. The Welsh Government sponsored body has approximately 2000 employees and was formed from a merger of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales, and the Forestry Commission Wales, and also assumes some other roles formerly taken by Welsh Government.

NRW plays a critical national security role in environmental conservation, flood defence, warnings and regulation of commercial activities, with the objective of avoiding or mitigating environmental harm.

The body required an appropriately skilled and qualified provider to gain an important security accreditation, to provide independent assurance of cyber hygiene to their executive team and stakeholders.

CNS' position as the leading UK provider of Cyber Essentials Certification services, the only CREST approved Penetration Testing company headquartered in Wales, and one of very few Cisco partners worldwide able to offer CCIE subject matter expert services, placed CNS toward the top of the shortlist.

This led to our assisting in many other cyber security related matters, requiring appropriately qualified and vetted personnel and we are proud to have now worked with Natural Resources Wales since 2016

What we did

  • With the support from CNS’ highly accredited infrastructure, network and cyber security teams, CNS were able to award NRW with their Cyber Essentials Plus Certification and assist them in maintaining this annual accreditation.
  • Undertook CREST approved penetration testing by QSTM OSCP qualified testers of their many websites and portals
  • Completed an annual security review and IT Health Check to Cabinet Office requirements

“Having screened for accreditation, vetting and qualification baselines, we were pleased to commission a local Welsh provider to further develop our in-house cyber security capability to world standards. 

“Capital Network Solutions’ specialist services and knowledge of large-scale enterprise networks such as ours have been instrumental in allowing us to invest and progress in this area.

“From helping us achieve important accreditations to keeping us in the vanguard of international cyber security knowledge and practices, working with Capital Network Solutions allows us to keep Wales’ natural resources secure and drive a green recovery.”

Myles Jordan
Head of ICT security and Risk Management, Natural Resources Wales
The Result
  • We helped Natural Resources Wales raise progressively higher standards of cyber security using the most contemporary security technologies and methods, achieving standards to Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation and beyond. This provided an important level of assurance to their sponsor, Welsh Government, and their customers that their data and services meet Cyber security standards set by the UK Government's National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC)
  • The process of audit and award of Cyber Essentials Plus, with annual renewals, helped them to drive forward an enhanced internal cyber security culture which supports their security teams. Concentrating on the areas of non-compliance, they have been able to further mitigate risks, address emerging threat vectors and manipulate availability and vulnerability of their attack surface.
  • By completing CREST approved Penetration Testing, NRW can now be sure that their website and portal have been tested for specific attacks to defined standards by an organization and personnel which have been rigorously vetted, and which are underwritten by a defined methodology, technical capability and quality standard.


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