Celebrating Our Cyber Essentials Plus Recertification: A Commitment to Security – Michael Ball

28th Jun 2024

We are thrilled to announce that RTC North has successfully achieved recertification with Cyber Essentials Plus! This milestone not only marks our ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards of cybersecurity but also reflects our dedication to protecting our clients' data and maintaining their trust.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed certification that helps organisations protect themselves against a wide range of the most common cyber-attacks. Achieving this certification involves a thorough assessment of our cybersecurity practices, ensuring we meet stringent requirements across five critical areas:

Firewalls and Internet Gateways: Ensuring our network infrastructure is secure and properly configured to prevent unauthorised access.

Secure Configuration: Maintaining optimal settings on all our devices and software to reduce vulnerabilities.

User Access Control: Implementing strict access controls to ensure that only authorised personnel can access sensitive information.

Malware Protection: Deploying effective measures to detect and defend against malicious software.

Patch Management: Keeping all our systems and applications up-to-date with the latest security patches.

The Recertification Process

Achieving Cyber Essentials certification is not a one-time event but a continuous journey of improvement and vigilance. The recertification process involved:

Comprehensive Review: We conducted a thorough review of our existing security measures and identified areas for enhancement.

Implementation of Best Practices: We updated and refined our security protocols to align with the latest best practices in cybersecurity.

Employee Training: Ensuring our team is well-informed and trained on the latest security threats and how to mitigate them.

Independent Assessment: An external auditor conducted a rigorous evaluation of our cybersecurity practices to ensure compliance with Cyber Essentials standards.

Why Cyber Essentials Matters

In today’s digital age, cyber threats are more sophisticated and prevalent than ever. Achieving Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates our proactive approach to safeguarding our systems and data against these threats. Here’s why this recertification is crucial:

Operational Resilience: By maintaining high cybersecurity standards, we ensure our operations remain uninterrupted and resilient against cyber-attacks.

Regulatory Compliance: Cyber Essentials helps us stay compliant with various regulatory requirements, enhancing our reputation and credibility.

Looking Ahead

While we celebrate this achievement, we recognise that cybersecurity is an ongoing process. We remain committed to continually enhancing our security posture and staying ahead of emerging threats. Our next steps include:

Continuous Monitoring: Implementing advanced monitoring tools to detect and respond to threats in real-time.

Regular Training: Provide ongoing cybersecurity training for our employees to keep them aware of the latest threats and best practices.

Security Audits: Conducting regular internal and external audits to ensure our security measures remain effective and up-to-date.

A Thank You to Our Team

This achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our entire team. Their commitment to cybersecurity excellence is the foundation of our success. We also extend our gratitude to our clients for their continued trust and support.

Our Cyber Essentials recertification is more than just a badge of honour; it’s a testament to our unwavering commitment to cybersecurity. As we move forward, we will continue to prioritise the security of our systems and data, ensuring we provide the safest and most reliable services to our clients.

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