Zenzero awarded Cyber Essentials certification

April, 2017: Zenzero Solutions announce they have been awarded the ‘Cyber Essentials’ certification.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber-attacks.

Ken Baxter, Managing Director at Zenzero says, “The scheme outlines basic cyber security measures that all types of organisations can implement and potentially build upon. By ensuring these basic elements are applied, an organisation can significantly reduce its vulnerability to cyber-attacks.”

Zenzero are working in partnership with Risk Evolves – a risk evaluation and management company, to give customers affordable and additional support in achieving the Cyber Essentials accreditations. Risk Evolves provides businesses with guidance through the certification process, as well as training and education for their staff. Zenzero also worked with Risk Evolves to get through the Cyber Essentials certification process themselves.

Helen Barge, Managing Director at Risk Evolves explains, “We are really excited to be working with Zenzero to help businesses be more cyber aware, and moreover protect and prepare themselves for the future. It was great working with them to achieve their Cyber Essentials certificate – they were one of the very first organisations to go through the new question set, and they passed with flying colours.”

Ken adds, “We provide IT managed services and support for over 130 different organisations, across a multitude of sectors. We are responsible for advising our customers on how to defend their businesses from cyber criminals, so it was an obvious choice for us to do the certification. By holding this accreditation, we are walking the walk, not just talking the talk.”

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)

For further information please see www.cyberstreetwise.com\cyberessentials

Risk Evolves is an award-winning consultancy, who pride themselves on giving businesses the ‘Freedom to Innovate and the Confidence to Grow’.

Through focusing on people, processes and technology we help businesses understand, protect and plan against risk; like cogs in a machine, the elements of your business are interdependent. We help assess business risk – either specific areas such as cyber security, or across your whole operation, to keep your business running smoothly.