Cyber-attacks cost UK business almost £30 billion in 2017. Businesses of all sizes and from all industries are threatened with cyber security breaches on a daily basis. If any business was hit by a cyber-attack the results could be disastrous and the potential lost revenue and disruption could be crippling. The majority of cyber-attacks exploit basic weaknesses in a business’s IT systems and/or software. Making sure your business is well protected and keeping software up to date and patched is vitally important if you are to stay safe.
Bluecube are aware of the threats that cyber-attacks pose and the last Bluecube event in June 2017 was themed around the issue. Managing Director Paul Reames was conscious that Bluecube stayed ahead of the cyber security game.
We decided that doing a full security audit and getting accreditation was the right and responsible thing to do. We have a responsibility to protect our own data and our client data as vigilantly as possible.
In the early summer of 2017 Bluecube began to fully audit the security in place to protect against the most common and unsophisticated forms of cyber-attack. The company then embarked on getting full Cyber Essentials accreditation. To get the accreditation Cyber Essentials require organisations to complete a self-assessment which must be verified by a company Director and certified by a competent assessor from the Certifying Body.
The self-assessment reviews a broad range of activity and security measures in place including:
- Server management
- Firewall configuration and management
- Remote access policies
- Back up policies and admin
- Data storage security
- Password policies
- Malware protection
- Patching policies
- Mobile working policies