Posted December 3, 2019
Valeport has been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification, the more rigorous level of accreditation in the Government backed scheme that helps organisations protect against a range of the most common cyber attacks. The certification provides reassurance to Valeport’s customers that the company treats the threat of cyber crime, and the protection of their personal information,with all seriousness.
Cyber Essentials provides a set of security processes and policies to adhere to, while theCyber Essentials Plus programme includes a penetration test at least every year to assess the vulnerability of the company’s data. The verification of Valeport’s cyber security is carried out independently by a Certification Body.
Peter Adams,head of IT for Valeport, commented: “Obtaining Cyber Essentials Plus involved completing an online assessment followed by a technical audit of the systems that were in-scope for Cyber Essentials Plus. This included a representative set of user devices, all internet gateways and all servers with services accessible to unauthenticated internet users. This comprehensive process has taken many months and the checks and tests we undertook will become part of our ongoing practices to maintain this rigorous accreditation.”
Research by IOD has demonstrated that UK businesses are collectively attacked more than seven million times a year, that on average it takes 120 days for a business to know that its data has been compromised, and that Cybercrime accounted for almost 30% of all crimes recorded in the UK from July 2016 to July 2017.
Guy Frankland, marketing manager for Valeport, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus certification, which reinforces our ethos of unsurpassed quality, reliability and exceptional service levels. We are passionate about upholding this reputation, which means that we really do manufacture technology you can trust.”
Note to Editors
-Valeport is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of oceanographic and hydrographicinstrumentation.
-Valeport designs and manufactures instrumentation for the oceanographic and hydrographic communities with a worldwide customer base that includes: defence, environmental, oil and gas, renewable energy, construction and dredging sectors.
-Valeport has supplied to the subsea sector since it was established in 1969. Now an independent, family owned business, Valeport employs more than 90 people from their base in Devon and works with a global network of agents to ensure a responsive and efficient worldwide service.
Cyber Essentials Notes to Editors
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
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