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Standard compliance, exceptional results

Phronesis Security has extensive experience working with organisations to comply with industry security standards.  Whether this is PCI-DSS, ISO 27001 or NIST CSF, Phronesis Security has the security experts you need to guide uplift and compliance.

With recent once-in-a-decade updates to these standards, there has never been a better time to talk the cyber security experts and face the year ahead with confidence.

Some examples of our commonly utilised services include:

  • PCI-DSS Assessments and Reporting, including SAQ and ROC

  • NIST-CSF Maturity Assessments

  • ISO Compliance Programs

  • Gap Assessment

  • Threat and Risk Assessment

  • Certification Guidance

Our expert consultants have supported organisations with their governance and compliance across a broad range of industries including: critical infrastructure, law enforcement, intelligence, education, health, cultural institutions and lead agencies.

At Phronesis Security we intimately understand the complexity of herding internal stakeholders, navigating requirements and managing the near endless headaches that appear. Accordingly – we leverage our extensive experience to provide cost effective solutions that really deliver results, allowing you to face the year ahead with confidence.

Key Problems 

We understand how difficult it can be to maintain compliance with evolving security standards. Accordingly, we recognise the following challenges faced by organisations faced with compliance to leading industry security standards:

  • Meeting ongoing legal and regulatory reporting obligations, often spanning multiple compliance frameworks in constantly-changing environments.

  • Making the very best use of limited budgets to stay ahead of a seemingly unlimited range of threat actors and attack vectors.

  • Having clear, actionable security programs supported by the definition, documentation, and communication of effective governance structures and responsibilities.  

  • Assurance you pick the right tools and vendors for the job by intimately understanding your business drivers, external dependencies and risk appetite.

  • Quantitative assessment if security posture using clear performance metrics basd on ISMS impact and the efficacy of related compliance programs.

Recent Changes

A quick overview of the recent changes to industry staple security standards:



  • The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 4.0 introduces a host of changes, including new requirements effective immediately and others designated as best practices until March 2025. These updates emphasize the importance of documented roles and responsibilities, the minimization and encryption of stored sensitive authentication data (SAD), and enhanced controls for protecting account data, among others.


  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) 2.0 is set to introduce a paradigm shift with its release. Key changes include the addition of a new "Govern" function, expanded guidance around profiles, and a restructuring aimed at enhancing clarity and relevance across its core functions. These updates are designed to provide organizations with a more coherent and interconnected approach to managing cybersecurity risks.

ISO 27002

  • ISO/IEC 27002:2022 brings forth a comprehensive update with a focus on understanding and implementing new controls, adapting to renamed controls, and managing merged controls. This revision reflects the evolving cybersecurity landscape and the need for organizations to adapt their information security management practices accordingly.

An in depth breakdown of the changes to these standards can be found here


We offer the following services that are tailored to help organisations succeed with reducing their cyber security risk and meeting their compliance obligations:

  • PCI-DSS Assessments and Reporting
    including self assessment questionnaires (SAQ) and reports on compliance (ROC) for merchants of any size that accept credit cards who need to report on the policies, technologies and processes that protect their payment systems

  • NIST-CSF Maturity Assessments
    a method of benchmarking an organisation’s cyber security capabilities according to six ‘Functions’ which broadly map controls to the chronology of a cyber incident: Govern, Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover.

  • ISO ISMS Compliance Programs
    With both ISO Lead Auditors and ISO Lead Implementers, Phronesis Security has the expertise to guide you through development and uplift required to get you on track for your ISO 27001/ISO 27002 compliance.

  • Gap Assessment
    With ever changing threat environment, and changes to major standards – understanding the holes in your security posture is the first step to remediation and confidence in knowing you are getting the highest impact from your budget.

  • Threat and Risk Assessment
    ISO31000:2018-aligned cyber security risk assessments in which threat modelling is built into determining cyber risk exposure for more informed decision-making.  

  • Certification Guidance
    On-going partnerships to guide your through all phases of certification, providing ad-hoc access to the subject matter experts you need with minimal fuss. These programs include everything from gap assessment and remediation through to internal and external audit – ensuring you get the result you need.

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We have worked with a vast array of Australian government organisations previously, including: 

DOD - Cyber Security - Phronesis Security
ACSC Cyber Security - Phronesis Security

Why Phronesis Security

Our differentiator that allows us to serve Government organisations better than other consultancies is our years of intimate experience consulting to or working internally within government organisations

The ancient Greeks called using knowledge to achieve a practical good 'phronesis', or φρόνησῐς. We recognise this is true in cyber security - technology is only as effective as its configuration, and policies are just paper without an educated workforce. We also recognise some of the world's most challenging issues require immediate, practical action. Committed to delivering world-class services to our clients and supporting high-impact charities, Phronesis Security strives to break the mould, and do cyber security for good.

Phronesis Security at the Technology Scale-up Awards

In the past 12 months, Phronesis Security has been recognised by the following award bodies:

  • Winner of ‘Professional Services Company of the Year’ in the Technology Scale-Up Awards (2023)

  • Finalist for ‘Cyber Security Consulting Company of the Year’ in the Australian Cyber Security Awards (2023)

  • Finalist for ‘SMB of the Year’ in the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Awards (2023)

Case Studies 

Cyber Security Advisory Services (NSW Government)  

NSW Government Incident Response Uplift Program

RAAF Aircraft Accreditation 


The team at Phronesis always deliver a quality outcome with the expertise and thought leadership up to the task.

- D. Mathieson, Chief Information Security Officer

NSW Government

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