James Lister, Head of IT for Fuel Card Services is pleased to announce they have achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification – recognising the strength of the company’s commitment to protecting sensitive and valuable data.
Developed by the government as a hallmark of quality in terms of those businesses that demonstrate the utmost care in the prevention of cyber security risk, the accreditation is bestowed only on those firms that meet a strict set of criteria.
Companies need to demonstrate they have taken action in five key areas:
- Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
- Secure configuration for all systems
- Access control
- Malware protection
- Patch management
A self-assessment to determine compliance in each control area is required for Stage 1 of certification. However, Fuel Card Services has moved a step further to Stage 2 and has now undergone a satisfactory external audit of each of these key requirements.
James Lister said, “The scheme’s five security controls can prevent around 80 per cent of all cyber attacks. These controls, combined with stringent security in all other areas of our IT infrastructure, mean we can provide as close to 100 per cent uptime for our systems as possible.”
“It also means Fuel Card Services can now proudly state it is Cyber Essentials Plus certified, ensuring our customers can be assured their sensitive data is being protected in the most comprehensive of manners”, added James.
Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: “A big thanks goes to to James and all in our IT team who have assisted in FCS gaining this accreditation.”
Posted on 2nd November 2016
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