Cyber Essentials Plus certification

iQuda achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification in March 2019 – passing independent internal & external audits which were carried out by a Crest Registered partner. Cyber Essentials Plus is the highest level of certification for the Government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.

Cyber Essentials was developed by the Government with the Information Assurance for Small & Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Form (ISF). The scheme sets technical controls to help firms protect themselves against only security threats.

The scheme sets out five cybersecurity controls

Secure configuration

Secure internet connection

Access control

Patch management

Malware protection

These controls are broken down into finer elements which are proven to protect against threats that arise from the Internet.

Cyber Essentials Plus is the latest of many certifications achieved by iQuda. The company began securing certifications in 2016 and has since passed 3 independent ISO 27001 audits, 2 rounds of Cyber Essentials & 2 NHS Information Governance Assessments. We recently submitted the latest version of the NHS Digital DSP Toolkit.

Data Protection Officer Garth Macintosh said: “We’re delighted to have achieved Cyber Essentials Plus after an intense certification process. Cyber security is a massive concern for our clients and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure we are secure.”

Cybercrime is on the rise

43% of businesses & 19% of charities reported cyber breaches in 2018. The majority of directors, trustees & senior managers agree that cyber security is a high priority for their organisations. (Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018. Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport)

Cyber Essentials Plus is one of many steps a company can take to be secure. iQuda is required to recertify each year to maintain its Cyber Essentials Plus certification. The next audit is scheduled for March 2020.