As we’re committed to ensuring that our customers’ IT systems are as secure as ours at LSA Systems, we’ve gone beyond the Cyber Essentials accreditation to earn the Gold Certificate from the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME). This proves compliance with the international standard for cyber security and allows us to assist our customers in earning their Cyber Essentials certification as well.
IASME is one of only four government-appointed accreditation bodies under the Cyber Essentials scheme. With IASME recently recognised by the UK Government as the best cyber security standard for small companies, LSA Systems is confident that our approved cyber security approach will drastically reduce our exposure to cyber attacks, and that we can help organisations also adopt best practices in cyber security to protect against threats.
What is IASME Gold Certificate?
IASME’s Gold Standard is aligned with ISO27001 – the international standard – but is tailored to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), making IASME’s Gold Certificate particularly relevant to LSA Systems and our customers. The certification is an affordable way for SMEs to demonstrate baseline compliance with ISO27001, and prove to stakeholders that they are dedicated to enhancing their cyber security efforts.
The Gold Standard is a risk-based accreditation, building on the Cyber Essentials technical controls to look at aspects such as physical security, staff awareness and data backups.
To be accredited with IASME’s Gold Standard, companies must demonstrate compliance with five key technical security controls: boundary firewalls, secure configurations, access control, malware protection and patch management. They must also adhere to the IASME standard written according to ISO27001 – the international standard that specifies all legal, physical and technical controls for managing cyber security risks.
What does the IASME Gold Certificate mean?
Now that the UK Government has made it compulsory for UK companies to have cyber security and insurance in place by 2017, gaining the IASME Gold Certificate is highly valuable. Our Gold Standard accreditation means that we are fully qualified to help other companies become Cyber Essentials certified. Through the LSA Systems’ Cyber Essentials Baseline Audit, we are able to provide expert advice and guidance on cyber security best practices – enabling SMEs to demonstrate their commitment to protecting their systems against cyber crime.