Capital Support is now a Cyber Essentials certified company. This provides further reassurance to our customers of our commitment to following cybersecurity best practices.
Cyber Essentials is a scheme backed by industry bodies and the UK Government. It promotes cybersecurity best practices, providing practical guidance that delivers basic protection to businesses from cyber-attack.
How We Achieved Cyber Essentials
Capital Support were audited by Sec-1 Ltd, a provider of security testing services to the public and private sectors. The audit was based upon a self-assessment questionnaire, along with remote penetration testing on our environment. The assessment focused on five key areas: –
- Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways;
- Secure configuration;
- Access control;
- Malware protection;
- Patch management.
Following the completion of the audit, Sec-1 Ltd were able to award Capital Support with its Cyber Essentials certificate. Guidance was also provided on steps that can be taken to achieve an additional certification: Cyber Essentials Plus.
The Significance of Cyber Essentials
At Capital Support we provide mission-critical IT services to FCA and U.S. SEC regulated customers. Cybersecurity is a high priority for us as a business, and to this end we continue to take steps to ensure that our people, processes and systems are as secure as possible. Having recently become ISO 27001:2013 accredited, the Cyber Essentials certification has provided another demonstration of our commitment to following cybersecurity best practices.
Cyber Essentials also supports us as a growing business, as Cyber Essentials has become mandatory for companies applying for central government contracts that involve the handling of personal information or the support of IT products and services.
Summary and Moving Forward
Having achieved our Cyber Essentials certification, we are now working together as a business to prepare ourselves for auditing for Cyber Essentials Plus. Achieving Cyber Essentials Plus will be another significant security milestone for Capital Support, and we are confident that we will achieve this certification in the near future.