Opus Gains Certification in the Government-Backed Cyber Essentials Scheme
Cyber crime poses a real and growing threat for all businesses and should not be ignored. Our customers depend on us to provide secure infrastructure for telecommunications services and we are always looking for ways to improve how we manage cyber security threats.
To that end, Opus has begun work towards attaining ISO 27001 certification, by gaining certification for the Government-backed and industry supported Cyber Essentials scheme.
Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously. It is an independently verified self-assessment scheme, in which we have had to assess ourselves against five basic security controls and have a qualified assessor verify the information provided.
Since 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts, so Opus is now better placed to respond to government tenders, as well as offering all customers the assurance that we are serious about cyber security.
The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials, which include boundary firewalls and internet gateways, secure configuration, access control, malware protection and patch management, were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities, which are freely available on the internet.