“There are risks and costs to a program of action—but they are far less than the long-range cost of comfortable inaction.”

John F. Kennedy

According to the 2015 Information Security Breaches Survey* carried out by PWC, 9 out of 10 large organisations has suffered some form of security breach in the last year. With over 27% of those organisations experiencing unauthorised outside attacks on a daily, weekly or monthly occurrence.

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With those haunting stats in mind, Embridge Consulting is pleased to announce that it has achieved the Cyber Essentials Certification.

In doing so, Embridge has followed a clear statement of control issued by the Government under the Cyber Essentials scheme that assures its customers and stakeholders of its commitment to taking these essential precautions.

Emma O’Brien MD of Embridge Consulting commented “No longer is it safe for any organisation to bury it’s head in the sand and expect to be passed on by. We all have a commitment to creating an environment that promotes cyber security and by following these guidelines set out in the Cyber Essentials scheme, we have made a step in the right direction and continue to deliver on our promise of being the partner of choice for clients, associates and potential employees”

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Boundary firewalls and internet gateways – these are devices designed to prevent unauthorised access to or from private networks, but good setup of these devices either in hardware or software form is important for them to be fully effective.

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Secure configuration – ensuring that systems are configured in the most secure way for the needs of the organisation.

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Access control – Ensuring only those who should have access to systems to have access and at the appropriate level.

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Malware protection – ensuring that virus and malware protection is installed and is it up to date.

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Patch management – ensuring the latest supported version of applications is used and all the necessary patches supplied by the vendor been applied.

“Robust IT security is not difficult to achieve with the right IT Partner, nor need it break the budget. Embridge Consulting are a great example of a business taking security seriously, and we are delighted to be their chosen IT Partner for now and into the future. Smartdesc are a fast-growing IT Services Provider with 100% customer retention; we simplify the security landscape and work with our customers to plan, implement and monitor security affordably”. 

Chris Cranie, Director & Strategy Consultant, SmartDesc

This latest certification comes hot on the heels of our commitment to maintain an externally certified ISO 9001 quality management system.

Sources

* https://dm.pwc.com/HMG2015BreachesSurvey/
** https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview

Further reading:

10 Steps to Cyber Security

Image source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-risk-management-a-board-level-responsibility/10-steps-summary
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