With 65,000 cyber security attacks on UK SMEs daily, and 41% of UK consumers claiming they will never return to a business that has had a security breach, investing in cyber security has never been more important.
With this ever increasing threat to SMEs, who often struggle to find the expertise and funding to implement effective cyber security, the PDSC developed the Digital Security Provider certification scheme in collaboration with BSI (British Standards Institution). The scheme helps SMEs make informed decisions when choosing a vendor and promotes vendors who take time to understand their customers and deliver solutions that are tailored to their needs.
As part of their certification, Cyber Risk Aware underwent a robust accreditation process and were able to demonstrate that they had taken the necessary security steps to instil confidence in their product and supply chain, as well as demonstrating that they help end users choose effective and appropriate cyber security solutions. The certification recognises that Cyber Risk Aware can provide solutions in the field of digital security which genuinely solve their clients’ problems.
Cheyne Marley, Cyber Development Officer at the Police Digital Security Centre, said: “Stephen and his team at Cyber Risk Aware have a strong background in accreditation and their acknowledgement that trust is seen as a vital component in any cyber product or service bears testament to their company ethos. We look forward to working with Stephen and his team going forward”.
“We are thrilled and honoured to be partnering with PDSC, promoting to over 5 million SME’s to implement a highly effective pre-breach cyber security solution that instantly raises staff awareness that prevents a costly cyber incident from happening in the first place” said Stephen Burke, CEO of Cyber Risk Aware.
“The PDSC and Cyber Risk Aware are also working together in producing Cyber Insurance Guidelines for the SME sector across the UK. The intention being to make this easy to understand and simple to obtain based on relevant risks and appropriate cover for SME’s. Helping SME’s protect their business through education of “relevant” risk, appropriate controls and insurance, when cybercrime is at an all-time high, is a massive opportunity to make a real difference.
“Use of our pre-breach service to prevent cyber incidents is paramount first and foremost, but with cyber insurance you have the support during an incident when needed the most.”
Cyber Risk Aware is a GCHQ accredited, award-winning Cyber Security Awareness Specialist provider of the world’s first “Real-Time” Behaviour-Driven Security Awareness Training, Cyber Knowledge Assessment, Phishing and SMiShing threat simulations.
Operating out of London and Dublin, Cyber Risk Aware leads the industry by helping companies worldwide assess the level of human cyber risk in their business, running simulated phishing attacks and cyber knowledge assessments to see where the risks lie in their business (user, department, office, country).
Cyber Risk Aware, recognised in Gartner’s 2020 Security Awareness Training Market Guide, provides highly engaging and interactive Cyber Security Awareness Training content and enterprise risk and compliance reporting so companies can demonstrate and meet their legal and regulatory compliance requirements in protecting proprietary and personal data, systems and finances.
Cyber Risk Aware is a National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) partner and is the first company in the world to achieve GCHQ accredited security awareness training by the Chartered Institute of Information Security. They are also named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) G-Cloud 12 framework. CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.
Cyber Risk Aware provides thousands of users with a front line of defence against cyber criminals, significantly reducing the material risk of employee error via phishing, ransomware, CEO Fraud and Malware attacks.
The PDSC is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, a police-owned, not-for-profit organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention initiatives to reduce crime, as well as acting as a catalyst to bring together public and private sector organisations to create safer communities.
As well as law enforcement, the PDSC works in partnership with industry, government and academia in support of the Government’s ambition to make the UK one of the safest places to do business online.
The PDSC is focused on helping SMEs reduce their vulnerability to cyber-crime and fraud by raising awareness about the most common types of cyber-crime and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves. All advice and guidance is consistent with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
For more information see: www.policedsc.com
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Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
Editor, Security Portfolio
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