We have boosted our position as a key software supplier for the public and private sectors by investing in the Government-led accreditation for cyber security, Cyber Essentials.
Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. Being awarded the Cyber Essentials badge demonstrates our commitment to cyber security reassuring both current and potential customers that we are both protecting our IT systems as well as ensuring encrypted data storage.
Public sector tendering frameworks have mandated that all potential suppliers on those frameworks are Cyber Essentials qualified. Now we have achieved this, it should increase the ease of procurement for public sector organisations wanting to use our addressing solutions.
According to a Detica Report in partnership with the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the Cabinet Office, ‘The Cost of Cyber Crime’, the estimated annual cost of cyber crime in the UK alone currently stands at £27bn. A significant proportion of this cost comes from the theft of IP from UK businesses, which the report estimates at £9.2bn per annum. Although the study shows that cyber crime has a considerable impact on citizens and the Government, the main loser – at a total estimated cost of £21bn – is UK business, which suffers from high levels of intellectual property theft and espionage.
With the report showing one of the industries bearing the brunt of cyber crime is the providers of software and computer services, we wanted formal assurance that our house was in order, comments Dinesh Thanigasalam, Commercial Director.
As it’s likely that all future public sector framework agreements will include the requirement to be Cyber Essentials compliant, it means procurement of our solutions and services through the frameworks will be quick and easy. So whether you’re a local authority or emergency service wanting to renew contracts, or you’re reaching out for our solutions for the first time, you can do so easily through the tendering frameworks available.
And of course, this should offer reassurance to private sector companies that we take the security of our IT systems seriously.
We are delighted we can now demonstrate our commitment to cyber security through the Cyber Essentials accreditation.