Asset management and engineering services specialist Briggs Equipment is strengthening its credentials after gaining an essential cybersecurity certification.
All suppliers wishing to bid for central government contracts that involve the handling of personal and sensitive data or the provision of certain information and communications technology (ICT) products and services must be Cyber Essentials accredited. Importantly, any company which obtains the standard is deemed to take cybersecurity seriously, with a positive outcome in terms of its reputation.
Peter Jones, Managing Director of Briggs Equipment, said: "With the increase in online security threats across our society, it is clear that businesses cannot afford to be complacent. Our team worked hard to ensure that, having established the necessary technical controls and overall infrastructure, Briggs can maintain a level of cybersecurity which is in line with industry best practice."
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme developed by the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF) to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber-attacks. It is supported by the Federation of Small Businesses and the CBI, plus a number of insurance organisations, including the British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) and the International Underwriting Association.
Following an independent audit of its information technology (IT) systems and processes, Briggs Equipment achieved the higher of the Cyber Essentials scheme's two awards, Cyber Essentials Plus.
Peter Jones added: "I'm delighted we have achieved this important cybersecurity accreditation. Not only is this vital to government contracts, but also provides our customers with the confidence that Briggs conducts its business in a manner that exceeds the standards established by such a widely recognised accreditation."
Organisations that implement Cyber Essentials are mitigating against the two common types of cyber-attack: phishing, which is malware infection generated by users clicking on malicious email attachments or website links, and hacking, whereby criminals exploit known vulnerabilities in Internet connected servers and devices using widely available tools and techniques.