Hallam Internet achieved the Cyber Essentials PLUS kite mark after it passed an on-site cyber vulnerability assessment and an independent review of its IT security.
Cyber Essentials PLUS accreditation forms part of the UK’s Cyber Security Programme. Cyber-crime is a growing risk, costing UK businesses £34 billion per year. 93% of office workers engage in some form of unsafe online habits that could jeopardize their employer or their customers.
Managing Director Susan Hallam commented, “We want our customers to be confident in knowing that when they do business with us, we are doing everything possible to protect their data. We take the security of our own business as well our clients’ information very seriously, and I’m extremely proud to see our hard work recognised with this accreditation.
“We have worked with a number of specialist partners to identify how we can maintain and improve our cyber security. And our business has made significant investment in both our computing infrastructure, and in developing our team’s awareness of the risks all businesses face when it comes to cyber-crime.”
Cyber Essentials Plus provides a clear framework of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats. It also provides a mechanism for organisation for businesses to demonstrate to customers, business partners, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions.
The certification is only awarded to businesses that can demonstrate they have sufficient controls in place to protect against cyber-crime.
The stringent Cyber Essentials PLUS certification requires organisations to undergo an independent audit of security processes, which includes having boundary firewalls and internet gateways, secure system configuration, controlled access to data, updated virus and malware protection, and full up to date and patched software.