This is the third year that we have met the standards to achieve IASME certification, but the first time that we have ensured that Security Group has also been included. This demonstrates how we have improved our IT systems, data protection, and cybersecurity within Security Group, since we bought the Bristol-based company in August 2020. Thank you to Stephen Gilbert, our Senior Engineer who carried out the work to help us achieve the certification.
Gaining the IASME Governance Standard is part of our commitment to be a company that you can trust and that employs well-trained and qualified staff. This is not only demonstrated in all the accreditations that we work to renew each year, notably NSI Gold and SafeContractor, but also by the time taken to research products and suppliers and truly understand their offering. If we work to high standards, and have products that we understand and believe in, then we know we can offer customers solutions that will work for them as well.
The IASME Governance standard was developed over several years during a government-funded project to create a cyber security standard which would be an affordable and achievable alternative to the international standard, ISO27001. The associated certification allows small companies to demonstrate their level of cyber security for a realistic cost and indicates that they are taking good steps to properly protect their customers information. The IASME Governance assessment includes the Cyber Essentials assessment and GDPR/data protection requirements.
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme which focuses on five important technical controls which are designed to guard against the most common internet based cyber security threats. It allows organisations of all sizes to demonstrate their commitment to cyber security. From April 1st 2020 IASME became the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Essentials Partner, responsible for the delivery of the scheme.
Not only does it demonstrate to you that we are taking cyber security seriously as part of our business operations it also gives us the opportunity to bid for government contracts which increasingly ask for this certification as part of their tender process.
We are also now listed in the directory of companies awarded Cyber Essentials which is an ideal source of information for those that want the peace of mind of selecting a company that takes cyber-security seriously.