JJM Networks is delighted to announce that local firm Park Gate has become our first client to successfully gain the Cyber Essentials accreditation.
The government recently made Cyber Essentials compulsory for any business that works with the public sector, so the accreditation was vital to enable Park Gate to continue supplying electrical services to one of their biggest clients.
Approximately 50 machines for 100 staff were adapted to bring them in line with the government’s strict new guidelines that cover a whole range of security issues, including: firewall protection, network security, software updates, and staff user controls.
The recent crisis at Talk Talk have brought matters of cyber security into sharp focus. Certain reports have suggested that the basic Cyber Essentials measures would have been enough to prevent the initial security breach. Aside from the security breaches that have emerged from the likes of Talk Talk, it is clear from the marketplace that the internet is fundamental to almost every business, and with that must come responsibility.
In the case of Park Gate, it was up to them to demonstrate to their public-sector client that they had taken essential precautions against cyber attacks. Without this they could no longer have acted as a supplier. The government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security outlines the basic standards that any public-sector supplier must now adhere to.
Over a thousand businesses like Park Gate have signed up to the Cyber Essentials scheme, but JJM Networks believes that number should be far greater; that Cyber Essentials should extend beyond the public sector; and that a lot more security measures should be implemented on top of the government minimum standards.
Director Joel Maloney said:
“Until now, a lot of cyber security has never been mandatory, so we applaud the fact the government has taken a stand and that companies like Park gate now have a security standard to work towards.”
“But we think Cyber Essentials are just a bare minimum for any company, inside or outside the public sector. When we worked with Park Gate to give them their Cyber Essentials accreditation, we installed a some additional third-party software and tools to make sure security was as tight as it should be, and we recommend this to any other business who is seeking accreditation.”
“The issue of cyber security is not just restricted to your own business – it’s about the safety of your customers. The potential dangers of doing business in this day and age are pretty obvious – companies really owe it to their customers to not leave them exposed.”