Our Shared Service Centre in Swansea has been awarded the UK Government’s certifications for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials PLUS, following an independent assessment.
The standard assesses against the security controls linked with many common cyber-attacks on public sector organisations, including secure configuration, malware protection, patch management, access control, boundary firewalls and internet gateways.
The assessment was on two levels:
- Cyber Essentials – a self-assessment, which is verified by an independent qualified assessor.
- Cyber Essentials PLUS – a higher level of assurance. A qualified and independent assessor examines the technical security controls, testing that they work in practice by simulating common cyber threats.
It is important for Arvato to hold the Cyber Essentials Plus certification as it is a mandatory level of assurance required for suppliers of Government contracts that involve handling personal information and providing ICT services. We do this at our Shared Service Centre in Swansea where we provide finance, procurement, human resources and payroll to over 22,500 civil servants via our secure, online technology platform.
Mathew Copp, Director of Operations for Central Government, Arvato UK & Ireland said: “Retaining these certifications is an important way to demonstrate to our clients that we take cyber security seriously. We continue to invest significantly in security resilience and information technology expertise and use the most robust processes and technologies to mitigate the risk of cyber threats. Congratulations to the team!”