Governance Risk and Compliance


We take a holistic end-to-end approach that is grounded in two principles.

First, our customers are served by the world’s best cyber security experts who have experience developing many of the most significant national and international cyber security regulations and standards.

Second, we have deep sector and industry expertise that helps us understand what regulatory and compliance issues will impact your organization.

As well, we help you approach compliance not as a check-the-box exercise but as an opportunity to identify an organization’s cyber threat weaknesses, and then implement mitigation strategies that will have a real impact on raising the defense posture through true business-level risk mitigation.

Our local-global attitude means we are as familiar with UAE and Saudi cyber security requirements as we are with those from Europe, Japan and the United States.  

We can promise you the following:

  • ‘Smart’ Approach: Implement cyber resilience platforms for smart cities and other smart organizations
  • Risk Assessment: End-to-end and top-to-bottom risk assessment capabilities
  • Business Success: Leveraging strong cyber security governance, risk and compliance (GRC) programmes to achieve bottom-line benefits
  • Regulatory Strength: Develop government standards and regulations for all types of industries


Our services include:


GRC Advice and Strategy


We work to understand your organization’s risks, your current cyber security posture, your desired security posture, and the gap between these two states. We help you develop a cyber security strategy that addresses both your risks and your operational requirements and constraints.

For an even deeper understanding, we can conduct a business impact analysis to determine how different types of cyber risks would impact different aspects of your organisation’s operations. This can help guide solution design and implementation priority.

Additionally, we can assess and provide recommendations regarding IT and cyber security governance best practice and opportunities to optimize the IT and cyber security infrastructure to enhance business operations and governance.


Risk Assessment


Our proprietary GRC risk assessment and mitigation approach generates a detailed and comprehensive roadmap to full compliance with all applicable regulations and international standards.





Compliance is not a check-the-box exercise for DarkMatter. Instead, we leverage the compliance process as an opportunity to identify an organization’s cyber threat weaknesses, and then implement mitigation strategies that will have a real impact on raising the defense posture through true business-level risk mitigation.

We help both public and private sector entities cross over the compliance hurdle concerning standards such as the UAE’s Information Assurance standards, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority’s Cyber Security Framework, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standards, ISO 27001 and 27002, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) 80053, IEC (International Electro technical Commission) 62443 and the ISACA COBIT framework.

Additional services include 24/7 compliance monitoring through our Managed Security Services team.


Cyber Risk Scorecard


The DarkMatter proprietary Cyber Risk Scorecard serves as a board-level reporting and risk monitoring tool. It helps organizations achieve a target security baseline, meet compliance standards, map the current risk state against desired outcomes, compare your ranking against other organizations, or simply monitor your organization’s cyber security.

The Cyber Risk Scorecard ingests data against any standard or compliance requirements without the need for expensive governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solution. Additional features include an interactive visual representation with multi-level views, scalability, and multiple deployment options.


Developing Regulations


We work with federal and local governments to develop regulations that help protect the vitality of their economies and their critical infrastructure by protecting digital and networked assets. Combining technical cyber security expertise with extensive understanding of all major industries, we help governments develop regulations in areas such as data sovereignty, data classification, and smart city / smart nation environments.

Our industry expertise includes  oil and gas, utilities and critical infrastructure, financial services, transportation and logistics, and healthcare.


Platform Implementation


DarkMatter’s GRC Platform implementations are customized to each enterprise or government customer.

The key system interface and value-added output of each multi-layered implementation is a bespoke dashboard designed to the needs of the organization’s operational, risk and compliance decision makers.

The dynamic nature of the platform incorporates both external changes to the regulatory and standards environment and internal issues that arise that could negatively impact the organization’s compliance and risk mitigation stance.