At Stephens IT we care a lot about security. According to the most recent study undertaken by Ponemon Institute on the cost of data breaches faced by businesses across the world, SMEs lost an average of 10,848 individual records to data breaches between 2017 and 2018.
The Cyber Essentials scheme addresses the most common internet-based threats including hacking, phishing and password guessing, helping organisations protect data stored on devices that connect to the internet such as desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones and all types of server and networking equipment.
The certificate verifies that we have met the appropriate standards set by Cyber Essentials to demonstrate the security of our IT systems. These include the following:
- Secure configuration
- User access control
- Malware protection
- Patch management
Managing Director Tom Stephens said:
Cyber threats, attacks and compromises are advancing at compounding rates. As more and more large enterprises are publicly declaring various types of breaches and attacks, we need to note that it’s just as important that smaller business adopt an approach to Cyber Security. We are pleased to announce our Cyber Essentials accreditation, which demonstrates our knowledge and understanding of the current threat and that we are utilising the latest technology to secure down our own internal IT environment. We are proud of our internal systems, which continue to be a key area of re-investment for us, and the security we uphold. Cyber Essentials provides a recognised standard of physical, technical and process driven security measures that help to mitigate exposure to cyber threats.
Our security services cover:
- Network Penetration Testing
- Anti-virus and Malware Protection
- Firewall Management
- Updates and Patching
Please read our blog about being aware of and adapting to cyber threats, which outlines our security practices and provides an example of a penetration test we completed for one of our clients.