As providers of a full range of IT security services, at LSA Systems we have a heightened awareness of the cyber security risks facing small and medium-sized enterprises. We know that 33 per cent of small businesses have experienced a cyber breach in the past 12 months. In fact, over 70 per cent of cyber-attacks now occur in companies with fewer than 100 employees, often resulting in a loss of customers, reputation and revenue.
In order to protect our customers and maintain the highest possible standard of cyber security, LSA Systems is now certified by the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme. This means that we have the technical security controls in place to safeguard our systems against internet threats, and therefore to keep our customers’ data completely secure.
What is Cyber Essentials certification all about?
The Cyber Essentials scheme was developed by the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme in response to the growing risk of cyber-attacks in both the public and private sectors. It was launched on 5 June 2014, and aims to provide organisations with basic protection against cyber crime. Once certified, organisations can choose to seek further accreditation if they wish.
The goal of the scheme is to improve cyber security practice by implementing five key technical security controls that address up to 80 per cent of common cyber security threats, including fraud, industrial espionage, and theft of intellectual property.
These five security controls are:
- Boundary firewalls (protecting against unauthorised access)
- Secure configurations (having measures in place for setting up systems)
- Access control (managing which users can access the system)
- Malware protection (using antivirus software)
- Patch management (updating software accordingly)
To be certified under the Cyber Essentials scheme, companies must perform a self-assessment of the controls listed above, and then present their self-assessment for review, together with any relevant supporting evidence, to a government-approved certification body. If the assessor is satisfied with their answers, they will be awarded the certificate.
What do our Cyber Essentials certification mean?
By earning our Cyber Essentials certification, not only are we protecting ourselves against daily threats more effectively, but we can assure our customers and stakeholders of a reliably high level of cyber security. This is of utmost importance at LSA Systems, and is an accreditation every organisation that deals with sensitive data should consider applying for.