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Cyber Security Is Essential in our Digitally Connected World.

2021-05-21

According to ForbesThe year 2020 broke all records when it came to data lost in breaches and sheer numbers of cyber-attacks on companies, government, and individuals.”

Ignoring the problem of cyber crime only increases the threat risk, potential reputational damage and financial loss to your business. Use of online services, smart devices and digital transformation across every industry means that cyber security is not just an issue for enterprise business’, but for SME’s, smaller business’ and individuals alike.

If you spend anytime online you should consider how cyber-safe your devices, network and personal data are.

At Outsource we believe in leading by example.  As we advise, support and implement security controls for customers the least we can do is make the effort to prove our own internal security protocols are strong enough to pass rigorous independent audits and challenges on an annual basis.

We have been independently assessed and been awarded certification to confirm that we comply with the requirements of the Cyber Essentials Plus Standard.

Theses audits includes external/internal penetration testing and comprehensive reviews of areas including;
– Boundary Firewalls & Internet Gateways
– Secure Configuration
– Patch Management
– Access Gateway (User accounts)
– Malware Protection

No business can ever be 100% secure against external threats, but accreditations such as CE and definitely CE Plus will mitigate your exposure significantly.

What is Cyber Essentials?

In order to adopt good practices in information security, the UK government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills released a government-endorsed scheme called Cyber Essentials in 2014.

The scheme was introduced to ensure the protection of data, and to help companies understand how data can be used, secured, or compromised. The scheme ensures that data is protected from common cyber threats online. Organisations can gain one of two Cyber Essentials badges, and it’s backed by the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI, and many insurance companies who offer incentives to businesses.

The Cyber Essentials certification is required for any suppliers to the UK government who handle any sensitive and personal information, and any companies bidding for government contracts must achieve this certification.

Cyber Essentials Plus is the highest credential offered by the NCSC.

Cyber security threats are constantly evolving and what works today won’t necessarily work tomorrow, which is why it’s so important to continually review and refine strategies to keep your business safe and protected.

At Outsource we are committed to continually developing our processes and striving to deliver the highest possible standards that everyone can benefit from.

To find out more about ways you can assess and improve your business readiness to security vulnerabilities get in touch. 

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) website also has further info on Cyber Essentials Plus Certification as well as advice and steps you can take to protect you and your business from cyber crime.

 

 

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