ARC has achieved prestigious qualifications in cyber security and information assurance.  ARC is the first group outside of the Information Technology sector in Guernsey to attain both Cyber Essentials Plus and IASME Gold.

ARC Group and its subsidiaries (“ARC”) achieved gold certification to the IASME Governance Standard for its Information Security controls following an independent auditing assessment by Alternative Solutions. ARC also achieved audited assessment to the UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Essentials Plus scheme. ARC Group is the first commercial company outside of the Information Technology sector to accomplish independent certification to
both standards in Guernsey.

Philip Bodman, Chief Operating Officer at ARC Group, said “ARC were quick to get on board with Alternative Solutions plans to introduce Cyber Essentials and IASME standards to the Channel Islands. Particularly, in advance of GDPR legislation, we realised that attaining the IASME standard would allow us to demonstrate our competence at cyber security such that we are able to protect our customers’ information. We are very pleased to have attained these independently certified standards.”

Matthew Neville, Professional Services Director at Alternative Solutions, said “Congratulations to ARC as achieving IASME Gold is a significant task requiring a high level of commitment across the whole company”.

Cyber Essentials Plus is an independently audited technical security standard developed by the UK Government and industry. Certification recognises the achievement of UK government endorsed standards of cyber hygiene and demonstrates to customers, investors, insurers and others that an organisation has taken these essential precautions.

The IASME standard was developed over several years to create an attainable cyber security standard for small to medium sized enterprises (SME). The international standard, ISO 27001, is comprehensive but extremely challenging for a smaller company to accomplish and maintain.  The IASME standard directly maps to ISO 27001 but was specifically designed for smaller companies. The gold standard of IASME, as achieved by ARC Group demonstrates baseline compliance with the international standard, ISO 27001.


ARC Group Limited provides investment consulting, manager research and performance reporting to private clients, charities, family offices, professional trustees and their trusted advisers. ARC was formed in 1995 and employs around 60 consultants, analysts, developers and support staff. Offices in London, Guernsey, Jersey and Toronto service a global client base.

Please direct any questions to Philip Bodman,, +44 (0)1481 817777.

Alternative Solutions was established more than 25 years ago and provides a complete range of IT services across the Channel Islands and other offshore financial services jurisdictions. They provide Information Security consultancy and can advise and assist companies on achieve Cyber Essentials and IASME accreditation.

Please direct any questions to Tim Roussel,, +44 (0)1481 701234.