Willis to Launch Cyber Security Toolkit

Cyber ATLAS Responds to Stark Warning From UK Government That Cyber Crime Threat Facing UK Companies is Increasing

LONDON, Dec. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, is launching Cyber ATLAS, a complete security solution to help UK companies combat the threat of cyber crime.

Designed to build resilience across an entire company, from the shop floor to the board of directors, Cyber ATLAS comprises e-Learning for all levels of staff, an online self-audit allowing organisations to test their current levels of security and a 24/7 incident response service providing first-class support and advice in the event of a cyber-breach.

Cyber ATLAS responds to a warning from the UK government that the cyber crime threat facing UK companies is increasing. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills said in November that it would be working with businesses to encourage them to make cyber security a board-level responsibility.

Developed by Willis in conjunction with Nick Gibbons, cyber, information technology and intellectual property law specialist at BLM, Gordon Walker, lead investigator on IT claims at Charles Taylor and E-Security Exchange Ltd., Cyber ATLAS helps companies prevent fraud and online attacks which cost small businesses £780m a year, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Jonathan Brooks, Practice Leader for FINEX National at Willis, said: "Cyber criminals know that larger multinationals have the infrastructure to fight cyber crime so they often target the IT network and vulnerabilities of a small company to get into the network of the multinational.

"We knew that very few companies within the insurance industry deal with educating their clients on preventative measures but what we didn't realise was the sheer lack of solutions that were available for small businesses. Quite simply, they were either far too expensive for a small business or took weeks or even months to complete."

BLM partner and cyber specialist, Nick Gibbons said: "Many of our large UK clients routinely ask their suppliers to provide written confirmation that their IT networks have good security protocols in place to protect data. It may seem obvious but any organisation that has a supply-chain is only as strong as the weakest link in that supply chain. The cyber age that we all now enjoy has also brought with it some very significant new risks."

Gordon Walker, lead investigator on IT claims at Charles Taylor, added: "Cyber ATLAS focuses on prevention first to provide a means of improving the overall level of cyber security for UK business. This really is a complete cyber package which allows those with limited IT skills to improve their own and their suppliers' cyber security."

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) recently launched the E-Trader Award, an industry-recognised government standard which recognises businesses with good cyber security. Mandy Haeburn-Little, Director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre endorses Cyber ATLAS as a means of achieving E-Trader status: "Cyber ATLAS represents a single, unified solution that helps companies build resilience against the threat of cyber crime," she explained.

Notes to Editors

Cyber ATLAS is an acronym for Assessment Training Learning Accreditation and Services.

About Willis

Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker. With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every continent with more than 17,500 employees in over 400 offices. Willis offers its clients superior expertise, teamwork, innovation and market-leading products and professional services in risk management and transfer. Our experts rank among the world's leading authorities on analytics, modelling and mitigation strategies at the intersection of global commerce and extreme events. Find more information at our website, www.willis.com, our leadership journal, Resilience, or our up-to-the-minute blog on breaking news, WillisWire. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides its local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.

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