Keeping Thirteen safe in cyberspace

IT services at Thirteen have just received the Cyber Essentials PLUS accreditation for the company’s approach to implementing cyber security measures to reduce the risks from online attack.

Cyber Essentials Badge High Res

17 Oct 2019

The accreditation aims to help organisations implement protection against cyber attack and helps companies to demonstrate to customers that we take cyber security seriously. 

Cyber Essentials is an independently verified scheme where organisations assess themselves against five main IT security controls and a qualified assessor verifies the information provided.

Cyber Essentials PLUS – the accreditation that Thirteen gained – is a higher level of assurance where a qualified and independent assessor examines the same five controls, testing that they work in practice by simulating basic hacking and phishing attacks.

Heather Ashton, executive director of resources at Thirteen, said: “It’s vitally important that Thirteen takes cyber security seriously as many members of staff deal with a whole range of sensitive information on a daily basis.

“We have taken a range of measures over the past few years to ensure that our systems and information that we work with are as robust as possible and that we can deal with any problems that we might encounter online.

“It has taken a major effort from our cyber security and network and infrastructure teams to implement all the Cyber Essentials PLUS controls alongside the innovation and technical challenges we faced, so I’m really pleased that we have been able to achieve this accreditation.”