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Wunder is Cyber Essentials Certified

Randal Whitmore 2017-01-27

We’re happy to announce that Wunder is Cyber Essentials certified!

 Cyber Essentials Badge

We kicked off 2017 with security in mind by applying for this certification through IASME, one of the four Cyber Essentials accreditation bodies appointed by the UK Government.

But what exactly is Cyber Essentials and what does it mean for us and our clients?

“Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.” - GOV.UK

The Cyber Essentials scheme focuses on the 5 most important technical security controls that were identified by government as those that, had they been in place, would’ve stopped most of the successful cyber attacks over the last few years.

These are:

  • Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
  • Secure configuration
  • Access control
  • Malware protection
  • Patch management

It was also decided by government that, when properly implemented, these controls will help protect organisations against unskilled, internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities that can be found freely online.

For organisations, the scheme provides them with guidance and best practices on how to keep them and the users of their services secure. It also extends beyond day-to-day practices, adding minimum cyber security requirements to their tender processes that digital suppliers must adhere to.

For digital suppliers like Wunder, we’re required to have our practices certified by a Cyber Essentials accreditation body in order to work on some government contracts - a minimum tender requirement that has been in place since October 2014.

Overall, getting Cyber Essentials certified gives our existing and potential customers peace of mind that our practices are up to standard with this well-recognised security scheme. Additionally, it allows Wunder to confidently continue working on digital transformation projects with UK government, knowing that our practices meet their security requirements.

But the journey doesn’t stop here

For Wunder, this award is a positive milestone towards our greater goal of ISO27001 and ISO9001 certification. As these industry standards are commonly required by public and private sector organisations, it makes sense for us to certify ourselves in line with their requirements to bolster confidence in the quality of our services.

To find out more about the Cyber Essentials scheme visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview