Cyber Essentials

Not all Security Certificates are equal

By HollyW / February 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Not all Security Certificates are equal

Giving our website visitors assurance that any interaction between them and our websites is secure is paramount in earning their trust – especially in this digital age. Most of us will have protected our websites – and any other publicly available resources – using a Security Certificate, commonly known as an SSL Certificate. When you…

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Passwords: the balancing act of exclusivity versus complexity

By HollyW / February 6, 2020 / Comments Off on Passwords: the balancing act of exclusivity versus complexity

This post was written by Jack, one of our Cyber Security Consultants. Is password exclusivity more important than complexity? Now bear in mind that complexity only protects you from password cracking attempts – let me explain… First, my assumptions and some basics: Your passwords should be random strings of characters. If you are considering using…

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3 reasons why cyber security will help you win business in 2020

By HollyW / January 13, 2020 / Comments Off on 3 reasons why cyber security will help you win business in 2020

  Customers care about their data (and how it’s handled)   Studies show a resounding consensus: the majority of customers are uncomfortable with the way companies use their personal or business information.  What’s more, 87% say they will actually take their business elsewhere if they don’t trust a company is handling their data responsibly. And…

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Half of schools not fully GDPR compliant – is it the same in the business world?

By Roz Woodward / May 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Half of schools not fully GDPR compliant – is it the same in the business world?

A year on from the introduction of GDPR and after the flurry of privacy notices, are businesses confident with their GDPR compliance? TES reported recently that four in five schools believe fines for breaching new data protection regulations would ‘significantly impact’ them but that only half of schools and colleges were fully compliant. Talking to…

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Insurance company claims that cyber attack was “hostile or warlike action”

By Roz Woodward / January 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Insurance company claims that cyber attack was “hostile or warlike action”

The Financial Times is reporting that an insurance company has refused to pay a claim for damage caused by the NotPetya cyber attack being a ‘hostile or warlike action” by a government or sovereign power or people acting for them. This is a really interesting case as the company, Mondalez, had made a claim under…

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Demonstrating security measures is a useful marketing tool

By Roz Woodward / November 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Demonstrating security measures is a useful marketing tool

Stand out as the supplier of choice by demonstrating the cyber security measures you have in place. Make it easy to find the level of security measures in place and enable your organisation to stand out from the competition. Cyber security compliance then becomes another marketing tool rather than another task. Displaying the level of security measures…

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Cyber security: shouldn’t be news – user access should be controlled

By Roz Woodward / September 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Cyber security: shouldn’t be news – user access should be controlled

Access to data and files should be restricted to only give enough access to files, software and settings to enable staff to perform their role. Access control is one of the basic controls for the Government backed Cyber Essentials scheme. Cyber Essentials is a great first steps organisations should be implementing to start their cyber…

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Cyber Security: – shouldn’t be news – servers need regular patching

By Roz Woodward / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Cyber Security: – shouldn’t be news – servers need regular patching

You should patch your server at least every thirty days…not only to achieve your Cyber Essentials Plus requirement once a year The benefits of the Government backed Cyber Essentials scheme as a first step to cyber security for your business are shared by the National Cyber Security Centre, The Information Commissioners Office and Devon and Cornwall…

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Cyber security for manufacturers – preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution

By Roz Woodward / April 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Cyber security for manufacturers – preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution

The EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has just published an industry report”Cyber Security for Manufacturing” which details the issues facing manufacturing in their readiness to prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution and digitalisation. The report highlights that some manufacturing businesses are missing opportunities because they are concerned about cyber security vulnerabilities which prevents them from investing…

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Minimum level of cyber security yet to be achieved by SW’s largest businesses

By Roz Woodward / April 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Minimum level of cyber security yet to be achieved by SW’s largest businesses

Government’s minimum level of cyber security accreditation is yet to be achieved by bulk of South West’s large businesses Securious have carried out new research which has revealed that fewer than 5% of the region’s largest businesses have achieved Cyber Essentials, the minimum level of cyber security compliance set out by the Government. Cyber Essentials…

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