Wick Hill has gained the recently launched Government Cyber Essentials certification. The Cyber Essentials Scheme is part of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy and provides an independent assessment of the essential security controls that organisations need to have in place to mitigate risks from internet-borne threats.
By successfully going through a Cyber Essentials assessment, organisations not only lower their risk of serious data and financial loss, but by displaying the Cyber Essentials’ badge they demonstrate to customers that they have taken steps to be fundamentally cyber safe.
Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, commented: ”We believe we are the first security distributor in the UK to achieve this certification. Cyber Essentials is an important government-driven initiative to ensure cyber security for organisations. Commercially, it is also mandated for organisations bidding for a range of government contracts.
“For channel partners, this accreditation not only proves their own security, but it also demonstrates their security awareness to their customers. For organisations, it provides a stronger measure of security, than those with the lower level PCI certification, particularly level 4. And organisations can also have greater confidence in cyber security if they buy from suppliers who are certified.”
The certification was awarded to Wick Hill following an evaluation of its security by Sec-1 Ltd. Sec-1 is accredited by CREST1 to carry out Cyber Essentials certification services. “We enjoyed working with Wick Hill to help them achieve the Cyber Essentials certification and applaud their initiative,” said Ben Thornhill of Sec-1. “Cyber Essentials focusses attention on key areas of security and provides real assurance that Wick Hill has appropriate measures in place to secure data.”
In order to pass the Cyber Essentials Accreditation, Wick Hill had to complete a Cyber Essentials questionnaire, covering the five key elements of the Cyber Essentials programme. Wick Hill’s network also underwent an external vulnerability assessment, by Sec-1, to ensure the company had implemented sufficient and secure controls at the perimeter.
“The Cyber Essentials scheme is unique because it has been developed as collaboration between the UK government and the very best cyber security professionals in the UK,” said Ian Glover, President of CREST. “These professionals utilised their years of experience and invested their own time to extract the security standards that should be applied to all businesses, regardless of size. I commend Wick Hill on their strong commitment to security and on achieving this certification.”