Information and Cyber Security

These terms are often misused and misunderstood, because they have very similar meanings. Both information security and cyber security can be defined as the practice of protecting information from unauthorised access, use, or theft.

The key difference is the actual type of data that is being affected. Cyber security tends to relate only to electronic, or digital security, while information security includes both digital and physical information.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018. It replaces the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and brings the new law into the modern age.

 

 

GDPR will provide greater rights to individuals to control how their personal information is collected, stored and used and it places many obligations on businesses and organisations, who will be more accountable for data protection.

If you have any concerns about your businesses online security, please get in touch, we’re here to help.

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a cyber security certification scheme, developed by the UK Government as part of its National Cyber Security Strategy to make the country a safer place to do business online. It helps businesses take some basic steps towards protection from online risks and can give you confidence that you’re protected against the most common cyber threats.

Cyber attacks cost businesses thousands of pounds and can cause lengthy periods of disruption. Most of these attacks exploit vulnerabilities in your businesses IT systems and software and Cyber Essentials was designed to show you how to address these weaknesses and protect against the most common attacks.

Cyber Essentials highlights some of the most fundamental technical security controls your business should have in place to secure itself against internet based security threats. Becoming certified ensures you are better prepared against the vast majority of cyber threats and can inspire confidence in clients and suppliers alike.

Certified organisations are awarded a Cyber Essentials badge, demonstrating that they take the issue of data protection, and data security seriously. This enables them to bid for certain government contracts.

If you have any concerns about your businesses online security, please get in touch, we’re here to help.

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