SDA has achieved successful certification with the UK Government Cyber Essentials Plus scheme. Cyber Essentials Plus is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber-attacks. SDA has now been successfully audited and our systems tested confirming we have appropriate cyber security measures in place across the business.
The Cyber Essentials programme is described as a set of IT system controls which, when properly implemented, provide companies and organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threats coming from the internet.
Information Assurance for Small & Medium Enterprises, (IASME), Information Security Forum (ISF) and the British Standards Institution (BSI) collaborated on the project. The scheme has been mandatory for suppliers of Government contracts which involve handling personal information since October 2014.
Any organisation or individual coming into contact with SDA’s IT infrastructure can be confident in the company’s approach to the following.
- Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
- Secure configuration
- Access control
- Intrusion prevention
- Malware protection
- Software Patch management
The above demonstrates that SDA has in place best practice procedures to prevent malicious files entering the organisation through either web traffic or email messages. Should malicious content defeat these measures, SDA has shown effective antivirus and malware protection across the business. In addition, we have proved we consistently operate with the latest available software protection patches. The value of such measures is clear. Nearly half of UK businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months.
SDA’s Cyber Essential Plus Certification gives our clients the same level of confidence we are working with safe and effective IT systems.