RWA Gains Cyber Essentials Certification

Leading business consultancy, RWA, is proud to announce that it has gained Cyber Essentials certification.

The Cyber Essentials scheme is part of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy and provides independent verification of an organisations commitment to cybersecurity and the measures that are in place to mitigate risks from common cyber threats.

Organisations that successfully complete the Cyber Essentials certification process not only lower their cyber risks but by displaying the Cyber Essentials badge, they also demonstrate to customers that proactive steps have been taken to protect the information they hold.

Tom Wood, director at RWA, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this certificate in recognition of our cybersecurity efforts. We have invested heavily in our infrastructure and operations to ensure that our defences meet, and in many cases exceed the required standards and to demonstrate publicly our commitment to cybersecurity.”

In order to pass the Cyber Essentials accreditation, RWA had to provide evidence of having addressed key elements of cybersecurity and common internet-based threats such as hacking, phishing and password attacks.

If firms are interested in learning more about Cyber Essentials, please contact your RWA Business Manager

 

 

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Notes to Editors

Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously. The scheme is available at two levels:

• Cyber Essentials - an independently verified self-assessment. Organisations assess themselves against five basic security controls and a qualified assessor verifies the information provided.

• Cyber Essentials PLUS – a higher level of assurance. A qualified and independent assessor examines the same five controls, testing that they work in practice by simulating basic hacking and phishing attacks.

The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities – which are freely available on the internet.

Organisations that undertake Cyber Essentials are encouraged to recertify at least once a year and, where appropriate, progress their security.

Since 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0914-cyber-essentials-scheme-certification)

For further information please see www.cyberstreetwise.com\cyberessentials

About the author

Terence is the Compliance Director at RWA. He has over 35 years' experience in the Financial Services environment, covering general insurance, investments and mortgages. Before joining RWA, Terence worked for a large PLC insurance brokerage in Manchester, overseeing some 20 acquisitions. He was made a Director of RWA in 2011 and has worked with insurance broking firms of all sizes across the UK. He has a particular interest in Financial Crime and the protecting the insurance broker. Terence is also Executive Chairman of the Association of Professional Compliance Consultants (APCC), the professional body for the compliance consultancy sector.

Terence Clark

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