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CNS smashes the 1000 Cyber Essentials certifications barrier

WELSH cyber-security specialists Capital Network Solutions (CNS) have successfully certified over 1000 Cyber Essentials customers, establishing themselves as one of the biggest certification bodies in the UK.

The Cyber Essentials scheme is a UK Government certification that allows businesses to demonstrate their cyber-security credentials to key stakeholders such as customers and supply chain partners.

The UK Government now requires organisations to prove their compliance with the scheme in order to bid for government contracts, as do the Welsh Government, Ministry of Defence and some NHS departments. A new report also reveals plans to include Cyber Essentials certification in insurers’ risk assessments for SMEs.

Cyber-crime is an increasing issue throughout the UK and is estimated to cost the British economy up to £34 billion every year. With a number of smaller companies increasingly being targeted due to poor cyber-security processes, the Cyber Essentials scheme has been introduced to ensure smaller organisations are better placed to deal with the threat of cyber-crime.

Capital Network Solutions is an IASME accredited Cyber Essentials Plus certification body, and has been providing certification training and support since November 2014.

After reaching this signficant milestone of 1000 Cyber Essentials certifications, Capital Network Solutions has established itself as one of the largest certification bodies in the UK.

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Commenting on the landmark certification, Mark Edwards, managing director of CNS said: “This is a huge achievement for us and a very current hot topic. With cyber-crime becoming a more common threat to the UK economy, Cyber Essentials certification is a flexible and cost-effective option for businesses of all sizes to stay protected online. Having reached the 1000 certifications mark we can now look forward to helping even more businesses get certified in the future, here’s to the next 1000.”

Alongside its ongoing Cyber Essentials commitments, Capital Network Solutions has also launched a new GDPR readiness assessment service to assist businesses in preparing for the upcoming GDPR requirements. “There is just so much uncertainly regarding what GDPR means within UK businesses with many looking to the IT department for guidance, however meeting GDPR will incorporate so much more than purely IT ” commented CNS Head of Cyber Security Karl Greenfield. “We are able to come in and assess the key areas covered within GDPR to highlight the areas in which the business is currently not compliant and provide tangible and cost effective guidance to give the business confidence that they have taken the much needed steps towards compliance with Cyber Essentials being a key part of this.”