SE Labs

Special Edition
Computer security testing comment and analysis from SE Labs

DE:CODED – Official Cyber Security Advice

“Changing default settings, wildly and randomly, would achieve the tick”

DE:CODED is the official podcast from SE Labs.

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher RSS Feed

Or play all Series 1 episodes here | and on YouTube

🥇 Winner of the Best Up & Coming Podcast 2021 award 🥇

Show notes for series 1, episode 2

Where can you get cyber security advice that you trust? Are certificates and Standards worthwhile and good value for money? We delve into the world of ‘official’ cyber security advice and give a balanced view on what we recommend.

Annual Report 2020

With thousands of vendors and security consultants all providing solutions and advice, it’s hard to know who to trust. Where can you get good, unbiased security advice?

Official Cyber Security Advice

There are plenty of security certificates and Standards available for compliance, but there is a difference between ticking boxes and implementing real, useful security strategies.

We investigate some of the main options and use our own experience as business founders to give advice on what to pay attention to, and how to use the tools most effectively.

Avoid a pointless, and potentially dangerous, box-ticking exercise. Apply good security principles using the guides available and achieve something better than you’d get simply by following official cyber security advice.

Please subscribe and join the discussions.

Sign up to our newsletter!


  • Cyber Essentials
  • ISO 27001
  • Advice for start-ups
  • General advice can be too general


Peek further behind the curtain with DE:CODED Circle.

If you would like access to exclusive, private content from the security testers at SE Labs, please consider applying to join DE:CODED Circle.

DE:CODED Circle is a moderated, vetted community built with the goal of sharing threat intelligence and business-focussed security knowledge to responsible peers.

Apply to DE:CODED Circle now.


Please send your comments, questions and concerns to


SE Labs Ltd is a private, independently-owned and run testing company that assesses security products and services. The main laboratory is located in Wimbledon, South London. It has excellent local and international travel connections. The lab is open for prearranged client visits.


SE Labs Ltd
Hill Place House
55A High Street
SW19 5BA

020 3875 5000