Lonsdale Services has recently achieved Cyber Essentials certification. Lonsdale Services worked with qualified assessor and external St Albans IT consultant – Assign IT to independently verify Lonsdale Services data security policy. Achieving Cyber Essentials certification prepares us for the General Data Protection Regulation due in May 2018.
According to IASME Consortium a key part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme, Cyber Essentials, has been designed to meet two objectives:
1. Provide a clear guide on the basic controls that should be implemented to mitigate risk
2. Provide evidence for businesses to use to be able to demonstrate to clients, investors, insurers and others that the essential precautions have been taken.
To obtain Cyber Essentials certification Lonsdale Services has undertaken an independently verified self-assessment and was reviewed against five levels of security control.
Cyber Essentials considers the following technical controls:
Securing your internet connection
Securing your devices and software
Controlling access to data and services
Protection from viruses and other malware
Keeping devices and software up to date
‘Our clients should be reassured that we take cyber security seriously, and we do everything possible to protect their data. We chose to undertake a Cyber Essentials assessment to prepare us for new GDPR regulations. We operate from six offices so it is important that all our clients have confidence in our data security policy. The UK Government recently recognised The IASME standard as an excellent cyber security standard for small companies when in consultation with trade associations and industry groups.’
For more information read – Simon Hawker, independent financial adviser St Albans – How Lonsdale Services protects client data; Simon Hawker – Lonsdale Personal Finance account available soon; Simon Hawker – How Lonsdale Services is preparing for Mifid II legislation