Cyber attacks cost organisations thousands of pounds and cause lengthy periods of disruption. Cyber criminals don’t just attack banks and large companies – they target any organisation which isn’t properly protected, even small businesses. The majority of cyber attacks exploit basic weaknesses in IT systems and software. Cyber Essentials is a regulated body that shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks. The scheme is designed by Government to make it easy for you to protect yourself.

Over the past few months HCR have performed two audits on the security of their IT infrastructure. Back in February HCR they were awarded the Cyber Essentials certification, today they have been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus certification which further proves their compliance to the scheme.

Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cashflow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off your customers, stop you trading and damage your hard-earned reputation. It could also be reported in the local media. Loss of data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.

Since October 2014 Cyber Essentials has been mandatory for suppliers of Government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing some ICT products and services. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge enables you to bid for these contracts.

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