The growing threat of cyber-related crime is quickly becoming a major concern for most organisations and business leaders. With regular reports of high-profile businesses falling victim to cybercrime across the globe, it’s the responsibility of every organisations to ensure they adequately protect themselves and their customers.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a cybersecurity certification, published in June 2014, that is backed by the UK Government in collaboration with the industry to promote a standard in cybersecurity practices across all industries and sectors. Based on five key controls, the scheme is designed to encourage organisations to adopt good security practices to address a number of common threats and minimise risk (even for businesses that aren’t particularly experienced in technology). An official Assurance Framework has been produced to enable organisations to successfully obtain the certification by providing relevant guidance in the steps required to implement the appropriate controls to be compliance with the scheme at relatively low cost.

O’Brien Media are Cyber Essentials Certified

Swindon based O’Brien Media achieved the Cyber Essentials certification through the IASME Consortium, via CyberSmart. IASME Consortium is one of four accreditation bodies specified and appointed by the UK Government, in February 2017. In addition, IASME offers the ISAME Governance Standard that encourages further security best practices on aspects such as physical security, staff awareness, and data backup. The IASME Governance Standard is widely recognised as the best cybersecurity standard for small companies by the UK Government when in consultation with trade associations and industry groups.

As a technology company, O’Brien Media already adopts a number of best practices and protective measures to protect its digital assets and information as well as advising its clients on how to do the same. In addition to the practices described by the Cyber Essentials scheme, we also adhere to the guidelines outlined by the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC), including 10 Steps to Cyber Security and Cloud Security Principles. The NCSC was set up by the UK Government to help protect critical services cyber attacks, manage major incidents and improve the underlying security of the United Kingdom. Part of GCHQ, the NCSC works in collaboration with organisations and citizens to reduce the cybersecurity risk that exists

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