Hardly a week goes by without horror stories about hacker attacks and ransomware, and of course the impact of a data breach has been heightened with the advent of GDPR, bringing with it the threat of substantial fines if you are judged to have exposed personal data to the cyber criminals.
In this climate of fear, what could be more reassuring than knowing that the company you are doing business with has your best (security) interests at heart. You may have taken on board all the messages about keeping safe online – indeed, dear reader, I hope you have as we have touched on this subject on numerous occasions in this blog – if only there was a way to let everyone know that you care….
Back in the 1970s, there was a popular TV Western series called “Alias Smith and Jones”. The opening sequence explained how the 2 heroes of the piece were in fact exonerated of their crimes and had been given an amnesty, but unfortunately the rest of the world are unaware as the lawman states “only you, me and the Governor will know about it. It’ll be our little secret”. Sometimes it feels as if all your good work is going similarly unnoticed…..
…..Until now, that is, thanks to Cyber Essentials.
Cyber Essentials allows you to demonstrate to your customers that you take cyber security seriously. The aim is to put basic levels of protection in place to guard against a cyber-attack. Indeed, Cyber Essentials is now a minimum requirement if you intend to bid for certain government contracts.
How do you qualify for Cyber Essentials?
You complete an independently verified self-assessment which covers five basic areas of security control.
And what are the five areas of security?
- Securing your internet connection
- Securing your devices and software
- Controlling access to your data and services
- Protecting your systems from viruses and other malware
- Keeping your devices and software up to date.
For further information please see www.cyberstreetwise.com\cyberessentials
And the extra good news is …. Your local IT adviser Computer Troubleshooters has achieved this qualification so you can rest assured that we will take care where your data is concerned.