Highland Insurance Brokers (HIB) has become the first insurance broker in the north of Scotland to be awarded the Cyber Essentials accreditation.
Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme, which has been developed as part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme. It aims to provide businesses with a framework with which to protect themselves against a cyber threat or attack.
By achieving this accreditation, HIB has taken strong action to control internet-based risks. It also means that their data, data belonging to their clients and their brand reputation are safeguarded as much as possible.
Pisys.net Highland worked with HIB to gain the accreditation. Pisys.net is one of only a handful of companies in the Highlands accredited to take businesses through the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus process.
Don Campbell, Director of Highland Insurance Brokers said, “For me, Cyber Essentials is a very important addition to my business as it demonstrates a benchmarked level of IT security. Cyber attacks are the biggest threat to any business at the moment and it is important to me to ensure that I have taken steps to safeguard my clients’ data.”
Stuart Mundy, Technical Director of Pisys.net Highland said, “Securing your business against cyber threats is absolutely essential in today’s landscape. The reputational damage caused by a breach, not to mention any statutory fines, means there is even more reason to ensure you are safeguarding against attacks. Cyber Crime is a multi-billion pound market and it’s not a question of if you will be attacked, but when.”
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.