Inverness IT company ready to protect business against cyber crime

left to right: Stuart Mundy, Technical Director, Andy Kings, Managing Director and Helen Kings Marketing Director Highland has become one of only a handful of companies in the Highlands accredited to take businesses through the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus process, a Government backed scheme to help businesses protect themselves against cyber threats.

To accomplish this, Highland has been working closely with Cyber Essentials Accreditation Body, QG Management Standards and Cyber Essentials Certification Body, Indelible Data. As a result, Highland is Cyber Essentials Certified and now Stuart Mundy, Technical Director, is accredited to take their clients through the certification process.

Stuart Mundy said, “We had already been working with clients in the Highlands to ensure they are addressing cyber security threats. By gaining this accreditation we can ensure we are offering our clients the very best practical approach to mitigating cyber risks and enabling them to gain the Cyber Essentials certification.”

Cyber Essentials enables businesses to demonstrate that they are taking strong action to control the risks – critical if they are to protect themselves, their customers and their brands.

Brian Lightowler, Managing Director, QG Management Standards, who are an Accreditation Body for the Cyber Essentials scheme, said: “Cyber security is an increasingly important area for organisations to take seriously and failure to do so represents a significant risk both to themselves and to their customers. Cyber Essentials is an excellent Government-endorsed standard and by taking this step, Highland is demonstrating its good practice and commitment to protecting itself against cyber threats.”

The Government backed Cyber Essentials scheme was launched in 2014 and is designed to improve the resilience of UK businesses to cyber security threats. The scheme requires companies to implement five key controls:

  • Secure configuration
  • Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways
  • Access control and administrative privilege management
  • Patch management
  • Malware protection

The scheme is applicable to all private sector organisations, universities, charities, and public sector organisations. It is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses and the CBI. And increasingly, insurance companies are starting to offer incentives for organisations that conform to the scheme.