Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation

Published: 24 July 2018 Cyber Essentials_540x222_302508602

CAM is pleased to have received the highest level of Cyber Essentials accreditation, Cyber Essentials Plus.

According to the leading IT industry magazine, Computer Weekly, cybercrime is up 63%. This spike in activity is thought to derive from a 145% increase in computer malware – mainly ransomware and Trojans – which have included several high-profile attacks and security breaches on national institutions. The latest research suggests that while consumer attacks may be falling, criminals have hooked on to the potentially more lucrative enterprise sector.

The UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy is determined to make the UK a safer place to conduct business online. The government has now made it a requirement that all suppliers must be compliant with its Cyber Essentials standards if bidding for certain types of contract.

To achieve this, an organisation called CREST was engaged by CESG (now known as the NCSC), the information security arm of GCHQ, to develop an assessment framework to support the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme.

By deploying these controls, organisations can defend themselves against the most common form of cyber-attacks originating from the Internet.

Selected by industry experts, the technical controls within the scheme reflect those covered in well-established standards, such as the ISO/IEC 27000 series, the Information Security Forum’s Standard of Good Practice for Information Security and the Standard for Information Assurance for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.

Peter Kirkham, CAM’s SHEQ Manager comments, “It has been one of CAM’s key objectives to formalise our approach to cyber security. We wanted to not only champion best practice within the company, but to demonstrate our commitment through robust levels of accreditation.”