Bolstering our cyber credentials

Advances in technology have brought about an ever-evolving risk of attack from hackers and cyber criminals. 
With customer data becoming a precious commodity, it’s essential that we are able to show our clients that we are doing everything we can to keep their data safe. 
That’s why we are delighted to have achieved Cyber Essentials accreditation for the second year running. 
The Government-backed scheme provides businesses with the tools they need to protect their data, networks and digital assets from cyber-attack.
It has been developed to provide a basic cyber-security standard for business.
It provides validation that companies which hold it are taking all necessary steps to protect themselves from cyber-attacks and keeping their customer data safe.
Cyber Essentials accreditation is also a requirement for all businesses planning to bid for public sector contracts that involve handling personal information.
Certification is included as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy, with the primary aim of making the UK a safer place to conduct business online.

Amy Heath, our Production Manager, said: “This is the second year that we have achieved Cyber Essentials certification, which highlights our strong commitment to this increasingly important area of business. 
“Having this accreditation gives our clients peace of mind that our digital solutions meet best practice guidelines for cyber-security.” 


An ongoing commitment to cyber security

Alongside our Cyber Essentials accreditation and as part of our ongoing commitment to cyber security, our new Quality Standards Manager, Lewis Combey, will be leading an initiative to ensure that all new Quiet Storm employees undergo a 12-week NCFE training course for a Level 2 qualification in Understanding Data Protection and Data Security.
The course will help them to better understand the issue and the steps they can take to protect data and ICT systems from common cyber threats. It will also cover the relevant legislation surrounding data protection and cyber security, and the consequences of not protecting data. 
Lewis, along with his colleagues Adam Kirby and Tara Reid, will be the first members of the Quiet Storm team to undergo the training in the near future.  

Lewis said: “This training will become an important part of our induction process for all new employees and apprentices, to give them a good grounding in the importance of data protection, both for our own business, and for our clients. 
“As a technology-based business, we design digital applications which use technology to store data and communicate with each other. 
“This has increased the threat of cyber-attacks, so we need to be able to demonstrate to our customers that our solutions are safe, secure and compliant.” 

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