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HCR receives cyber award

Jun 23, 2017

In February 2016, HCR from Basingstoke was awarded the Cyber Essentials certification for the security of its IT network. More recently the company has received an additional award - Cyber Essentials Plus - which further proves its compliance to the scheme.

Cyber Essentials helps prevent cyber attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt cashflow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off customers, stop a company from trading and damage its hard-earned reputation. Loss of data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.

Since October 2014, Cyber Essentials has been mandatory for suppliers of government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing some ICT products and services. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge enables companies to bid for these contracts.

Cyber attacks cost organisations thousands of pounds and cause lengthy periods of disruption. Cyber criminals don’t just attack banks and large companies - they can target any organisation that isn’t properly protected, even small businesses. Most cyber attacks exploit basic weaknesses in IT systems and software. Cyber Essentials is a regulated body that shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks.

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