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Ely, England, August 04, 2008 – Small to medium firms, which have floundered in the face of their IT security and compliance challenges, find it all too easy to give up and expect the worst, arguing they don't have the resources to pay for the consultancy and training required that could help them. Global organisations also find the travel required to access these resources a major disincentive. However, help is finally at hand, in the shape of a consultancy-as-a-utility service, LiveOnline, from market leaders IT Governance that enables businesses to greatly simplify the process of purchasing and managing consultancy or training, thus saving considerable cost and travel aggravation too.

The key to the LiveOnline concept is purchasing consultancy or training by the half-hour which organisations can then use as they want. This consultancy-as-a-utility concept makes information security expertise available to a whole new class of organisations previously unable to afford it, and to global organisations wanting to access these resources remotely. It also has the advantage of being available at the client organisation's discretion to use on an as-needed basis.

The LiveOnline service was developed by IT Governance’s highly-experienced compliance professionals, and extends existing IT Governance resources to help managers deal with these complex issues in a cost-effective manner.

The IT Governance LiveOnline Training service is available on a set of core topics, with an instructor working live with your team using the most up-to-date multimedia and Web conferencing facilities. Full details of our initial menu of options are available at, and customers will be pleased to hear the first courses are part of a planned expansion to offering a whole portfolio of course up to expert level. Clients can be set up to start their training or consulting engagement with IT Governance within a few hours of initial contact.

“This is a genuinely new concept in information security consultancy,” explains Alan Calder, Chief Executive of IT Governance. “Company leaders have, for too long, not been addressing information security because of the expense and difficulty attached to ordering and managing their training and consultancy needs. Having to engage consultants for weeks or months, or attend long-drawn-out training events, is not the best way forward for perhaps the majority of companies; the small business needs maximum flexibility and cost efficiency, and the global player needs to be able to access these resources remotely.”

“This LiveOnline service, in contrast, does not require expensive travel plans or consultants: it is an ideal highly flexible do-it-yourself approach to understanding and meeting your organisation’s particular needs.”

LiveOnline Consultancy service is charged by the half-hour. The first 30-minute block is priced at £45.00/$89.10/€58.50, and is charged in further 30-minute blocks at de-escalating cost thereafter. Visit

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