NSI passes Government’s Cyber Essentials PLUS certification process with flying colours

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has been awarded certification to the Cyber Essentials PLUS scheme. Developed by the Government and industry, Cyber Essentials PLUS provides a clear statement of the controls all organisations should implement to minimise risk from Internet-based threats.

Cyber attacks are at pandemic levels, cost some organisations potentially business crippling expense, put customer data at risk and create severe disruption to normal operations. Cyber criminals target any organisation that holds data of value to criminal interests.

For many years now, the NSI – the certification body specialising in security and fire safety – has maintained a Business Resilience and Disaster Recovery policy designed to protect itself and its Approved Company records from cyber threats. Already certificated for Cyber Essentials, the NSI has now received the endorsement of Cyber Essentials PLUS, further underlining its commitment to cyber security.

The NSI has been certified by Risk Factory, a recognised Cyber Essentials certification body. Nick Roberts, business development director at Risk Factory, commented: “Having been assessed as meeting the requirements of Cyber Essentials PLUS, the NSI’s approach to information risk management demonstrates Best Practice in cyber security.”

Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, added: “Cyber attacks are a serious matter. The threats and challenges we all face are becoming ever-more sophisticated. The recent cyber attacks reported in the national media are a wake-up call for organisations both large and small to review their risk management processes and procedures. Achieving Cyber Essentials PLUS provides reassurance that, at the NSI, our IT resilience has been thoroughly stress-tested using recognised tools and techniques.”

Jenkins went on to comment: “Companies operating within our sector should consider Cyber Essentials as a minimum if they haven’t already done so, as more and more buyers of security services rightly require evidence of cyber security credentials from their suppliers. It shows business’ professionalism in a new light.”

*Full details about how businesses can protect themselves from cyber attacks via the Cyber Essentials scheme are available at: www.cyberaware.gov.uk/cyberessentials/

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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