Malvern business chosen to be sole Cyber Essentials partner by National Cyber Security Centre

Emma Philpott

Malver-based cyber certification company IASME has been chosen by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), to be its  sole Cyber Essentials Partner from next April.

Based at the Wyche Innovation Centre in Malvern, IASME is a specialist in certification for cyber security and information assurance. It has been an Accreditation Body for the Cyber Essentials Scheme since its inception in 2014.

 The Cyber Essentials Scheme is supported by the UK government to help businesses guard against the most common cyber threats.

Since its launch in 2014 the Cyber Essentials Scheme has helped to protect more than 30,000 UK businesses from the most commonly seen cyber-threats. The scheme was developed to protect organisations against low-level “commodity threats”. It focuses on the five most important technical security controls that businesses should have in place to prevent malicious attacks. These controls were identified by the government as those that, if they had been in place, would have stopped the majority of successful cyber-attacks over the last few years.

Naming IASME as the single delivery partner will streamline and grow the scheme and ensure it keeps pace with the changing nature of the cyber security threat.

Existing certification bodies will be encouraged to apply to the new Cyber Essentials Partner to continue to provide Cyber Essentials as part of the revised scheme. The Scheme also welcomes new Certification Bodies or anyone from the cyber security industry interested in promoting the Scheme. More information can be found on the IASME website.

IASME Chief Executive, Dr Emma Philpott, MBE, said: “We are extremely excited about the prospect of working in partnership with the NCSC to develop and grow the Cyber Essentials scheme.

“We have seen such a positive effect already over the last 5 years where Cyber Essentials has increased the basic levels of security across sectors such as charities, healthcare and education in particular. We are so pleased that we can be part of the future developments, working closely with the excellent Certification Bodies, trade bodies, police and other key stakeholders, to ensure further growth of the scheme.”

Anne W, NCSC Head of Commercial Assurance Services, added: “The NCSC is looking forward to working in partnership with the IASME team to ensure that the scheme continues to evolve and meet the cyber security challenges of tomorrow; a scheme that puts cyber security within reach of the vast majority of UK organisations.”

IASME’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Emma Philpott, was recognised for her contribution to cybersecurity with a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year.