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Connexus awarded Cyber Essentials Plus for commitment to cyber security

15th December, 2020
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Connexus awarded Cyber Essentials Plus
Our Trainee System Analysts, Tom Fallon and Alex Thomson, are part of the ICT team that acheived our Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.

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.

Cyber Essentials Plus reassures our customers and suppliers by demonstrating the strong measures Connexus has put in place to protect our systems from cyber attacks. I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work our ICT team have put in to achieve this high standard.
Adam Huselbee, Head of ICT.