We are delighted to announce that we’ve been re-awarded with the key, government backed Cyber Essentials accreditation, for the third year in a row.
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a key deliverable of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme. Realising that the controls in its 2012 guide, 10 Steps to Cyber Security, were not being implemented effectively, the government instigated a call for evidence on a preferred cyber security standard. In November 2013, it concluded that no individual standard met its specific requirements, so it developed the Cyber Essentials scheme.
The scheme sets out a good baseline of cyber security systems and practices, which when implemented, can prevent around 80% of cyber-attacks. The certification, yet another in a long line of systems in place for Stone, demonstrates that we have taken every precaution necessary to reduce the risks of a cyber-attack not only for ourselves but most importantly for our customer base too. And our recent partnership with Falanx enables us to utilise their experience, combined with our service levels and support, to provide the best possible cyber security practices at an exceptional standard.
With cyber-attacks being a hot topic at the moment, as well as government research suggesting that two thirds of large UK businesses have been hit by an attack in the past year, it’s refreshing to know that we won’t be a figure contributing to that worrying statistic.
Speaking about the importance of the Cyber Essentials accreditation, Martin Ruston, Group Compliance Manager at Stone group, explains,
“We are delighted to have achieved the Cyber Essentials accreditation for the 3rd year running. This is an incredible achievement for us and highlights our commitment to practicing safe cyber security, ensuring all stakeholders are protected wherever possible.
“The increasing levels of threat to the security of data held and subsequent stakeholder concern; requires Stone as a sustainable business to ensure its effective mitigation. Implementation of ‘Cyber Essentials’ controls provides the basis on which to build resilience and certification to the standard that provides credible assurance to our stakeholders. “