Successful Cyber Essentials and IASME Certifications for Advent IM
The independent holistic security specialists gain successful certifications to both schemes
Advent IM Ltd, the UKs leading independent holistic security consultants today announced their successful certification to both Cyber Essentials, the UK Government’s cyber security assurance scheme and IASME Information Assurance standard for SME’s.
Operations Director, Julia McCarron said, “We are delighted to have gained these two worthwhile certifications. It was a natural step for Advent IM as we already have ISO27001 and were keen to embrace the UK Government’s schemes. It is a great way of continuing to assure our supply chain partners of how seriously we take Information Security and having ISO27001 meant we were already very well placed for success. We walk the walk as well as talk the talk! We are already helping our clients through Cyber Essentials with great success.”
Some further information on the Cyber Essentials Scheme
The UK government’s Cyber Essentials scheme was developed earlier this year with the IASME Consortium, a local Malvern company, representing small companies on the drafting panel. The development of this scheme resulted from a review of the successful cyber attacks over the last few years. They found that the majority would not have been successful if 5 simple technical controls had been implemented. These controls are quite detailed and so plenty of companies who have the international cyber standard, ISO27001, may not actually have all these technical controls in place. Cyber Essentials is also available as a self assessment or audited version, called Cyber Essentials PLUS.
The Government has announcement that, from 1st October 2014, all new Government contracts associated with personal or sensitive data will only go to companies with Cyber Essentials certification. Large companies will also be encouraged to enforce this down through their supply chains.
Some further information on the IASME Standard
A recent call for evidence by the UK Government concluded that the best governance standard for small companies was the IASME standard developed and run by a local small Malvern company. The standard itself was developed using government funding with the aim of finding a small company alternative to the international standard (ISO27001). The IASME standard focuses on both governance and technical security. It includes aspects like a security policy, staff awareness, risk assessments, business continuity plans and back-up processes. These ensure that you understand your risk and are managing your security effectively. Accreditation is available either as a self assessment or a fully audited assessment
Issued: 26.09.14 Ends Ref: CE/IASME/1/ Advent
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About Advent IM
Advent IM is an independent specialist consultancy, focusing on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets, across both the public and private sectors. Established in 2002, Advent IM is a centre of excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of best practice guidelines and standards and the need to address risk management to protect against potential threats.
From its offices in the Midlands and London, its Consultants work nationwide and are members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute (SyI), Business Continuity Institute and British Computer Society.
Consultants are also Lead Auditors for the International standard for information security management (ISO 27001) and business continuity management (ISO 22301), Practitioners of PRINCE2, a recognised project management methodology widely used within the public sector, CISSP qualified and Home Office trained physical security assessors.