Earlier this month we were given the opportunity to secure Cyber Essentials accreditation.
Our IT Manager, Carl Smith, and Systems Development Manager, Rob Williams, have been responsible for ensuring all the necessary procedures and documentation were in place and implemented for our successful assessment.
We are now pleased to say we have demonstrated our commitment to cybersecurity and achieved the Cyber Essentials accreditation.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme launched to help organisations protect themselves and their customers against common cyber-attacks. It is recognised by many of the UK’s leading business organisations including the CBI and FSB.
Businesses and organisations that achieve the Cyber Essentials mark are minimising risks 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.
How Did We Achieve the Accreditation?
Led by Carl and Rob, we were required to meet the following criteria:
• Demonstrated appropriate levels of quality assurance processes, security controls, security assessment methodologies and met additional qualification criteria.
• Signed a code of conduct.
• Proven access to technically competent and qualified staff.
• Committed to abiding to the requirements of Certification Bodies for Cyber Essentials.
Why We Need it
Carl Smith, IT Manager at Howells Solicitors said:
“With an increasing reliance on using online software and programmes for our day to day business, we understand how important it is to minimise any online security threats and how disruptive these can be.
“This certification demonstrates that we are fully compliant when it comes to cyber security. Our suppliers and clients rely on us to provide secure infrastructure and we are always looking for ways to improve how we manage cyber security threats. For those we work with, this certification provides additional peace of mind.”
To learn more about our law firm and our accreditations, please click here.