Cyber-crime is one of the fastest-growing and most pressing security issues facing organisations in the 21st century. The speed and anonymity offered by the internet means that hackers, fraudsters and other types of cyber criminals are able to breach unprotected systems with relative ease – leaving companies’ data open to theft and corruption. If these companies were to incur a cyber breach and their customers’ information was stolen, they could experience significant loss of revenue and reputation.
It is no surprise, therefore, that cyber security is high on the agenda for all types of organisation – from governments and intelligence agencies to start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and large, international corporations. SMEs are particularly vulnerable to cyber-attacks (indeed, 33 per cent of SMEs have experienced a cyber breach in the past 12 months) and they need to ensure that they have adequate controls in place to protect against threats like ransomware, industrial espionage, fraud and intellectual-property theft.
The Cyber Essentials scheme is designed to help businesses implement the necessary technical security controls to safeguard their systems, and show stakeholders and customers that they are dedicated to increasing cyber security. The scheme was introduced in line with the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme, and, with cyber-crime on the rise, it is becoming as important a safety measure as locking your front door. Now more than ever, it is essential that businesses gain accreditation and know that their systems are as impenetrable as they can be.
LSA Systems is Cyber Essentials certified, and has also gained the Gold Certificate from IASME (Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises), which means that we are fully qualified to help our customers gain their Cyber Essentials certification. Our new consultancy service, LSA Systems’ Cyber Essentials Baseline Audit, is designed to give customers the insight they need about their business to complete their self-assessment properly.