Connexus awarded Cyber Essentials Plus for commitment to cyber security
Connexus has achieved the highest grade possible from the Government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme. Cyber Essentials Plus recognises our ongoing commitment to putting robust protections in place to prevent cyber-attacks and was awarded following a series of stringent hands-on technical tests of the Connexus IT systems. The scheme is backed by the National Cyber Security Centre.
With computers, smartphones and the internet now such a fundamental part of our everyday lives, cyber-attacks are a growing threat to individuals and UK businesses of all sizes. A cyber attack can be used to remotely disable IT systems and/or to steal sensitive data, with a recent study showing that a small-to-medium size UK business is hacked every 19 seconds.
The ICT team at Connexus worked for 12 months to achieve the rigorous cyber security criteria needed to achieve the gold-standard Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. This process included reducing the time taken to complete a '3-layer patch' – a process that ensures all software used by Connexus is secure – from 30 days to just 14 days. Connexus will be required to demonstrate compliance with the updated Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation every year, ensuring a continuous proactive approach to cyber security across the business.