Responsible Cyber Becomes Cyber Essential Certified

 Singaporean cyber security start-up Responsible Cyber signed itself up for a cyber security audit that would grant a third-party the information it needs to ascertain whether the organisation is indeed equipped to protect itself (and therefore its clients, and its clients’ clients) in the digital domain.

When asked why they did it, the co-founder and Managing Director Dr Magda Chelly had this to say, “We cannot in good conscience encourage other businesses to undertake rigorous cyber security audits while not subjecting our own people, processes and technology to the same scrutiny.”

“We wanted to demonstrate that adopting cyber security best practices can be done without necessarily breaking the bank or stretching resources thin, and I think we did just that,” she added.

Upon successfully passing the audit conducted by one of CSA’s appointed certification bodies, Responsible Cyber was awarded the Cyber Essentials mark, a cyber security certification introduced by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) in 2022 as part of the SG Cyber Safe Programme.

Frequent news of data breaches has fuelled apprehension surrounding the security of personal data, prompting the demand for heightened cyber security measures by businesses – and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are no exception.

SMEs may not have the luxury of a dedicated IT security team, nor the ability to invest in robust cyber security measures and tools, but there is hope yet, says Project and Compliance Manager Wayne Yan who described the exercise as “fairly straightforward with ample guidance.”

“We reviewed our existing policies against the checklist that was provided, and ensured that all required security controls were implemented and reflected in our policies.”

For organisations that require additional help, CSA has also made tailored cyber security toolkits freely available for download on their official website.

As the name suggests, the Cyber Essentials mark serves to distinguish organisations that have built a minimum level of security into their operations. It provides a baseline from which organisations can start to reduce their exposure to common cyber threats and vulnerabilities, but it is far from a guarantee of protection against emerging threats.

“Safeguarding against threats is a continuous journey, requiring constant vigilance and adaptation. We are committed to the protection of the data with which we have been entrusted. We hope that this sentiment gets reflected to our clients and that more cyber security companies will take the opportunity to set the tone,” said Dr Chelly.

Every business – whether a small organisation embarking on its digital journey or a large multi-national corporation with digitalised business functions – needs to play its part.

Co-founder Mikko Laaksonen has added that they would be gearing up for the Cyber Trust mark certification next, where assessments will be even more rigorous, encompassing document review and verification, as well as an evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness.

Meanwhile, certified SMEs are also eligible to apply for the SME Cyber Security Excellence award that CSA is collaborating with Association of Trade & Commerce (ATC) on.

Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd is a Singapore-based cyber security and risk management start-up established in 2016 by industry veterans Magda Chelly and Mikko Laaksonen. Today, the company has a presence in the UK, France and Poland. Its corporate shareholders include Singtel Innov8 and NUS Enterprise. The company stands at the forefront of cyber security innovation with the introduction of two pioneering AI-powered products: IMMUNE X-TPRM and IMMUNE GRC.

IMMUNE X-TPRM is our answer to modern third-party risk management challenges. On the other hand, IMMUNE GRC is designed to streamline governance, risk, and compliance processes.

To learn more about Responsible Cyber, visit

Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd.
Magda Chelly
+65 91452481



  • Women in Business

New Ethically Responsible Consultancy Developing Africa with Public-Private-Partnerships and “Titanium Recoupment Clauses”

 The partnership consists of Political and Enterprise Businessman, Samir El Mahallawy and Irish-American Producer-Businesswoman Shari O’Donnell.

Boasting an impressive enterprise, defense and infrastructure portfolio, El Mahallawy earned his reputation as a highly sought after diplomatic and enterprise strategist. Dublin born, O’Donnell started her career out as an Executive Assistant to African Ambassadors, CEO’s and Business Titans while producing creative content and brokering international business deals.

Mauritania, a country in northwest Africa will be one of the first benefactors of the duo’s efforts. ODEM are currently assembling 5 major consortiums for the region and that number is expected to increase. The current projects include a 2-lane highway and toll road to help the busiest and most dangerous route in the country, a sugar factory, oil depots and water port – helping the country to accommodate large ships to respond to major import and export needs which will enable the region to flourish in multiple industries: the fisheries sector, the mining sector and will dramatically help speed the import and implementation of renewable energies for the country, while providing the world with a new port stopover in such a critical geolocation point.

The most significant project they are currently assembling in Mauritania is a US$3.9 billion water project in the north of the country. Mauritania is 90% occupied by a desert – the project aims to meet the critical need for clean and safe drinking water in the region and to enable the mass production of mining resources in the area which represent an essential wealth for the country but require significant amounts of water to develop. Mauritania is a leading producer of copper, gold, silver, iron ore and titanium. The critical water needs of the mining industries will see the country largely benefit from economic spin offs such as the export of value-added products and mass job creation. The water supply will also help secure Nouakchott’s (the capital) food supply in the long term, improve the living conditions of the populations covered by the project and allow economic dynamism linked to the water supply.

PPP models have proved to be increasingly successful for both the public and private sector. The model allows for consortiums (mainly consisting of developers, consultants, and PPP lenders etc) to develop projects and recoup their investment along with profits for a fixed term – normally 30 years. In recent years a large number of successful PPP projects have been completed in Africa including a PPP project by one of Europe’s leading construction and toll road operating companies – the Eiffage Group. The Group completed Senegal’s Dakar-Diamniadio toll road. Other successful African PPP projects include the Henri Konan Bédié Bridge in Côte d’Ivoire, the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, power and water projects in Ghana, Nigeria and Rwanda and the Tanger-Med port project in Morocco.

El Mahallawy states, “We ‘separate the men from the boys’. We don’t accept an attitude of ‘unknowns’ – we use foresight, tactical think-outside-the-box-strategy, frightening reaction time, ‘fort knox’ vetting procedures and courageous alliance and we enjoy it.” O’Donnell adds, “what seems like the most boring aspect of our work is the difference between success and failure; building a PPP Consortium in a developing region is highly complex – We develop strategies involving ‘titanium recoupment clauses’ – that involves iron clad contracts and firm negotiations to ensure that trade is affected by the terms – a double entendre, per say. For example with the US$3.9 billion water project that the region is in desperate need of – its a ‘no brainer’ to strap on recoupment clauses factoring in all the mining products that will export the country (based on the water project enabling the industry) and that includes the sale of mined copper, iron ore and titanium from the region. We want consortium players who can envision what the future can look like for Africa because its going to take some real grit.”

Mauritania, under military control since 1978, is also rich in other natural resources such as uranium, diamonds, and oil. They also boast a booming fish and sugar market. Its population is 4.8 million, however its merely untapped terrain is over 1 million sq km (almost as big as Egypt).

O’Donnell said that she felt reassured that it was ODEM’s “destiny” to help develop Mauritania as the country has the same population as O’Donnell’s native country – Ireland, while its land mass is the same size as Egypt – El Mahallawy’s native country. She went on to say we both felt deeply connected and drawn to Mauritania and that lead to what turned out to be extremely successful talks for both ODEM and Mauritania.

ODEM are currently focused on developing Mauritania while also working on projects for the Government of Iraq and multiple private projects in MENA. They are currently facilitating and accepting interests and bids on each project and they can be contacted via their website.

ODEM Consultants

Kate Fagon




  • Business

The Socially Responsible Organization

Ian I. Mitroff – credited with being one of the founders of the modern field of Crisis Management – explores social responsibility as an organizing principle.

The Socially Responsible Organization

The Socially Responsible Organization

BERKELEY, Calif.June 6, 2022PRLog — Inspired by the arguments and claims that emerged alongside the global crisis caused by Covid-19, Ian Mitroff has written an extended analysis of THE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE ORGANIZATION (Springer; June 6, 2022; $37.99 paperback; ISBN: 303099807X). By surfacing and scrutinizing today’s most critical arguments along with sharing thought-provoking reflections, Mitroff arms readers with the ideas and arguments to help them lead to a more socially responsible future.

Dr. Mitroff specifically explores the role of crisis management in creating a socially responsible organization and applies the Myers-Briggs Personality Typology (MBPTI) and the Thomas-Kilmann (TKI) Conflict Framework to such issues as the regulation of tech companies, dis-information vs. misinformation, and responses to the pandemic. Throughout the book, Mitroff imparts the skills necessary to cope with a complex and messy world by persuasively and passionately discussing:

– The top 11 reasons given for not getting vaccinated, taking on their validity and how to refute them one-by-one.

– How the unreasonable arguments and claims of individuals can all too easily take hold and thrive in self-reinforcing argument clusters – the Hoax Cluster, Conspiracy/Paranoia Cluster, I Know Best Cluster, Invulnerability Cluster, and the Defect Cluster.

– The four different personality perspective types and how they compete and align with each other to support different ideas, including the infrastructure debate and the polarization of everything.

– Regulating tech is only half the job. We need technologists with an equally deep understanding and appreciation of the Humanities and Social Sciences working in tech.

– Socially responsible organizations require transdisciplinary-thinking leadership, with Advisory Boards including journalists, medical experts, psychologists, etc., to thwart any unintended consequences from its products and services.

– Recognizing misinformation vs. dis-information, whereas misinformation is supposedly unintentional, and disinformation is deliberately intentional.

– Compromise is key to our learning to live together; the resolution of key issues is not possible without compromise.

– Dealing with “Wicked Messes” by using critical thinking skills, surfacing and rebutting fallacious arguments and claims.

– No crisis is ever a single crisis. The need to act systematically – expansively – is an absolute requirement to stand any chance of coping with the most diverse array of crises.

Mitroff lists the major arguments given in regards to these issues, and subjects them to the strongest possible scrutiny and critique to hold both individuals and organizations accountable to the larger responsibilities we share as global citizens.


Ian I. Mitroff is regarded as the founder of the discipline of Crisis Management. He is currently a Senior Research Affiliate at the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, University of California, Berkeley, and is Professor Emeritus from the Marshall School of Business and the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Management. Known for his thinking and writing on a wide range of business and societal issues, Dr. Mitroff has published hundreds of articles and more than 40 books. He has a BS, MS, and a PhD in Engineering and the Philosophy of Social Systems Science from University of California, Berkeley.


Title: The Socially Responsible Organization (…)

Subtitle: Lessons From Covid

Author: Ian I. Mitroff

Publisher: Springer

Publication Date: June 6, 2022