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NSI approved companies encouraged to attain Cyber Essentials certification with new partnership

Having recently partnered with Risk Crew – an IASME-accredited Cyber Essentials Certification Body – the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is aiming to provide a straightforward pathway to Cyber Essentials certification for NSI approved companies.

Cyber Essentials/Plus certification is a Government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations of all sizes protect themselves against a range of common online attacks. Certification is mandatory for Ministry of Defence contracts, many UK Central Civil Government contracts involving the handling of personal information and purveying of certain ICT products and services, and is becoming increasingly desirable for private sector contracts.

It will also be a requirement for ARCs signing up to the ECHO-connected service for police response alarm signalling currently undergoing testing, and due to be launched in 2021.


Read: Why Cyber Essentials should be the first key step on your cyber security journey


NSI-RiskCrew-CyberEssentials-21In addition to providing a clear statement of the basic controls organisations should implement to reduce the risks from common online threats, Cyber Essentials certification is an independent awarded approval for organisations to demonstrate to their customers, internal stakeholders, investors, insurers and others they have taken essential cyber security precautions to protect their business and any customer data they hold.

NSI has been working with Risk Crew, a London based risk and compliance management consultancy and Cyber Essentials/Plus Certification Body for its own Cyber Essentials Plus certification and penetration testing since 2017. Having had the experience of gaining this certification through Risk Crew, NSI is confident in Risk Crew’s capability as a Cyber Essentials Certification Body NSI approved companies may wish to engage.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, said: “In today’s increasingly interconnected world all businesses, whether large or small, need a secure level of protection against cyber attack. Cyber Essentials/Plus certification reassures companies, and in turn their customers, that business processes and procedures have some level of protection.

“Maintaining Cyber Essentials Plus certification means we gain invaluable insight into the robustness of our own cyber security measures. This new partnership signposts NSI approved companies to Risk Crew as a recognised approvals body in cyber security.”

Risk Crew Chief Executive, Richard Hollis added, “The certification framework provides an essential baseline for protecting business systems and sensitive information assets. The principles and criterion are based upon fundamental cyber security best practices that have been proven to reduce the threat of a breach. It’s simple and effective. It doesn’t get any better than that”

NSI approved companies interested in applying for Cyber Essentials/Plus certification can find out more and enquire through NSI’s dedicated Cyber Essentials webpage.

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