The commitment Mintra has made to continuously upholding high standards in cyber and data security has been recognised after the company achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification for the second year in a row.
The standard – part of a UK Government initiative to help businesses improve cyber security defences – gives clients, partners and those working within the organisation confidence that Mintra’s IT systems meet stringent requirements.
Mintra has invested heavily in its cyber security over the past two years, with a multitude of steps taken to ensure its data is protected and its systems are less vulnerable in the event of an external cyber-attack.
With recent research suggesting that cyber security threats increased by 20% last year - an attempt being made to breach the online security of businesses in the UK every 46 seconds – group IT and service delivery director Gareth Allan said ensuring high standards had never been so important.
“Our recertification of Cyber Essentials Plus serves to underline the excellent work that has been carried out by Mintra and gives us comfort that the changes we have made to our processes were correct,” he said.
“Although we were confident that the measures adopted were extremely robust, we understand that the landscape is forever changing. We must be fluid to adapt to new risks – the effectiveness of our cyber security is continually under review.
“As well as reassuring us that we are adequately set-up to prevent a successful cyber-attack, the award gives our customers and partners confidence that we take the security of their sensitive data extremely seriously.”
Companies achieving the Cyber Essentials Plus standard take part in a rigorous external audit. Staff within the IT team are interviewed, auditors test processes and randomly select devices for physical verification.
Although the accreditation is a part of a UK Government initiative and certifies Mintra Ltd in the UK, it also applies to common IT processes and procedures across all of the company’s locations worldwide.
Gareth added: “This was an incredibly complex process and we were delighted to have passed with flying colours. More and more businesses are looking to work with partners that have this accreditation, and the UK Government demands it of all suppliers before it will even consider awarding any contracts.
“The work undertaken for Cyber Essentials Plus forms part of a wider project for Mintra to achieve ISO: 27001 for Information Security Management Systems. This will be an even more in-depth assessment of our IT and security processes to internationally recognised standards.”
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