W2, the leading provider of real-time digital solutions for global regulatory compliance, has secured a UK Cyber Essentials certification; the UK Government-backed scheme designed to protect organisations and their data against a wide range of cyberattacks.
Alex Loane, W2’s Information Security Manager, said: “This certification marks another important milestone for W2’s information security program which already includes the ISO 27001 certification. It shows our clients how seriously we take our duty to protect their data.”
The UK Government worked with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF) to develop Cyber Essentials, a set of basic technical controls to help organizations protect themselves against common online security threats.
The Cyber Essentials scheme identifies a number of fundamental technical security controls that organisations should implement to help defend against the vast majority of Internet-borne threats.
It also provides a mechanism to demonstrate that these precautions have been taken.
Cyber Essentials is a prerequisite for all suppliers bidding for UK government contracts that involve the handling of sensitive and/or personal information.
Gary Pine, W2’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) added “Compliance with this important industry scheme highlights our strong commitment to cybersecurity. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other such international laws mandate such tough standards for data security in these modern times.”
Although Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001 serve different needs, the two are often seen as complementary rather than competing.
Privacy, data and information security are important topics and not just to our clients but also to us here at W2.
We have always taken security seriously and believe it forms an important part of W2 continuing to deliver the products and services we do.
That is why we are so pleased to announce that W2 is now both ISO 27001 and, Cyber Essential certified.