eXceeding is very pleased to announce that we have successfully been assessed and achieved the Cyber Essentials standard certification. We are the only Bid Writing, Procurement and Outsourcing consultancy to achieve ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials accreditation. This augments our ISO27001 Information Security Management system certification achieved earlier this year and confirms our total commitment to protect the valuable and confidential data we handle on behalf of our customers. Cyber Essentials makes good business sense and is a key requirement for suppliers to central and local government contracts: Cyber Essentials initially applied solely to ICT services providers but now includes suppliers that handle any kind of government data. The main aim for Cyber Essentials is to help organisations implement security measures that protect against cyber-attack. This helps a business protect itself and also demonstrates to customers that it takes cyber security seriously and has implemented protection measures to reduce the risk of data or systems being compromised. Cyber Essentials is an independently verified assessment process addressing five security controls in depth. Gaining Cyber Essentials certification was easy for eXceeding since our management systems meeting ISO9001 (quality management) and ISO27001 (information security management) was already in place and we were doing the right things in the right way. Cyber Essentials includes more prescriptive requirements than ISO27001 and when combined, a business should be confident that it is taking the right measures to ensure all data and information is handled in a safe and secure environment. Cyber-attacks are on the rise and becoming more sophisticated and pose a real risk to businesses. Complacency is not an option; businesses need to continually improve. Adopting Cyber Essentials coupled with a robust continuous improvement approach will put you in a much better place. If you have any concerns regarding the security of your data please contact eXceeding who can help you assess and implement data security plans and guide you through a path to achieve Cyber Essentials or ISO27001 certification.