Last week at SoloProtect our UK office had their annual recertification audit for Cyber Essentials Plus, and on the back of passing an NSI Alarm Receiving Centre audit last month, I’m pleased to announce we successfully passed.
For those unaware, Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against the most common cyber threats. It’s a hugely important scheme, cyber-attacks can be extremely costly and a survey last year revealed that cyber security incidents have cost UK firms £34.1bn in the past 12 months, with under half of those attacked having suitable enough defences.
Of course, there is a far more serious consequence of a cyber-attack – a data breach. If your company is responsible for any kind of data, it’s imperative you ensure that this information is secure; this duty becomes even more important if you’re responsible for sensitive data.
Loss of sensitive data can severely affect the individual or group whose data has been leaked; private and sensitive information is just that, and should be kept that way. Potential risks can include identity theft and fraud, with the financial implications catastrophic. On top of that, the damage that leaked, sensitive medical information can cause doesn’t bear thinking about.
By recertifying in the Cyber Essentials Accreditation we’re continuing to demonstrate that we’re willing to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients; we’re well aware of the benefits Cyber Essentials Plus has to both ourselves and our clients.
Once again, a lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure our IT infrastructure is up to standard, therefore, I’d like to thank everyone involved. In fact, the team did so well that the Cyber Essentials Plus auditor commented that SoloProtect had the best results to the internal & external scans that they’d seen so far.
However, we don’t stop now. We know the risk involved with cyber threats, we know what the financial repercussions can be, the reputational and brand damage can be irreparable; we’re also well aware of the implications of a data breach. Therefore, the hard work continues and we’ll carry on doing everything we can to ensure we’re protected from cyber threats.