Cyber security

  • Published on: 2 October 2017
  • By: Frances Talman

Cyber-attacks could happen at any time, anywhere, to any business. There are so many businesses that fall victim to cyber threats which results in bank details, business and client information being stolen. People often think they are protected from cyber-attacks by installing virus protection software, keeping passwords safe and implementing policies. But with the constant security changes being made, it can be difficult to keep up. One of the main objectives of the UK Government’s Cyber Security Strategy is that all suppliers must be compliant with Cyber Essentials if they are bidding for government contracts which involve the handling of personal data.  

The main aim for Cyber Essentials is to help organisations implement security measures that protect against cyber-attack. This will help you protect the business demonstrates to your customers that you take cyber security seriously and you have gone through the time and effort to implement protection measures to reduce the risk of your data or systems being compromised.

Cyber Essentials is an independently verified assessment process addressing five security controls in depth. As cyber-attacks are on the rise and becoming more sophisticated, it is essential that you have the appropriate measures to ensure all your business data and information is handled in a safe and secure environment, to make it as difficult as possible for hackers to get hold of your company data. Complacency is not an option; cyber security needs to continually evolve to meet the threats from hackers. Adopting Cyber Essentials coupled with a robust continuous improvement approach will put you in a much better place.

Cyber Essentials, helps you protect the business from the majority of the most common cyber-attacks, but common sense prevails; you still need to be alert to cyber threats and training your staff on security measures is the most sensible course of action

But there’s more, Cyber Essentials isn’t the only way to implement security measures for your business as can become compliant to ISO standards. The international organisation for standardisation (ISO) has been put in place to ensure that company processes, services, materials and products are all fit for purpose ensuring that they are meeting the set requirements and specifications set by ISO. Specifically, ISO 27001 is the international standard that describes the best business practises for your information security management system. Companies who are compliant to ISO 27001 immediately demonstrate that they follow the best security practises for the handling of data, both personal and client information and shows that you take security measures very seriously. eXceeding have a wealth of experience assisting clients with gaining accreditation to ISO27001 and the following schemes:

  • ISO9001 Quality Management
  • ISO14001 Environmental Management
  • ISO018001 Health and Safety
  • ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement
  • ISO27001 for Information Security
  • ISO26000 Social responsibility
  • ISO31000 Risk management
  • ISO50001 Energy management
  • ISO37001 Anti-bribery management systems
  • EcoVadis
  • ITIL®
  • Cyber Essentials (Plus)
  • G-Cloud

eXceeding will work with you to identify your current status against the ISO standards and help plan a way forward to meet those standards including developing policies, procedures and methods that are right for your business and your clients. We focus on getting real benefit for you rather than just a ‘tick in the box’ to get a certificate on the wall. These benefits can include best practice, customer excellence, risk mitigation, scalability, new clients and cost management. We are completely independent – we are not associated with any certifying body.

eXceeding will support you through assisting with developing policies, procedures, auditing and reviewing documentation or technology recommendations.

To discuss your needs with one of our independent experts please contact eXceeding today on 03333 555 111.