The Cyber Essentials accreditation scheme was implemented by the UK Government to establish criteria for the management of information in order to prevent intrusion from external attackers. Accredited organisations are entitled to display the Cyber Essentials logo, which confirms that they have met the standards required. Safe4 have received this accreditation.
This is part of an ongoing process to ensure that Safe4 remains one of the most secure sites on the internet. It is accompanied by annual penetration testing, performed by licensed external laboratories, and constant surveillance of the ever-growing range of internet security threats. The objective is to ensure that Safe4 customers’ data is protected to the highest standards available.
The ransomware attacks that have affected many organisations around the world over the weekend have exposed some serious vulnerabilities in the way that information is managed; using out-of-date operating systems and the failure to implement security updates are clearly primary causes of the exposure. However, it should be remembered that the problem normally arises when an unsuspecting user clicks a link in an email that is urging them to take some “essential” action, such as to update the information stored by a service provider.
Of course the email does not come from the service provider at all, but is a cleverly-disguised piece of work by a criminal organisation that will install an invasive piece of software on the user’s computer that can encrypt files and demand ransom payments in exchange for a decryption key.
Safe4 customers, and their clients, are protected against this risk in a number of ways:
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