Herts for Learning reaccredited with Cyber Essentials

    Published: 13 September 2018

    Herts for Learning (HfL) has successfully been reaccredited with the Cyber Essentials certification for their work in ensuring the organisation is protected from cyber-attacks.

    Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme set up to help organisations protect themselves against the most common threats found on the internet.

    In order to complete the accreditation, the Corporate ICT team at HfL were required to complete a questionnaire that looked at Cyber Essentials’ five key areas:

    • Boundary firewalls - to prevent unauthorised access
    • Secure configuration - setting up systems securely
    • User Access control - restricting access to those who need it
    • Malware protection - i.e. using anti-virus software
    • Patch management - i.e. updating software

    An assessor from accreditation body APMG verified the questionnaire, before the accreditation was successfully awarded earlier this month.

    Speaking about how important the accreditation is for the organisation, Gary Hounslow, Corporate ICT Manager at HfL said: 

    “We are delighted to achieve this accreditation again as it demonstrates our commitment to cyber security and shows that measures that we have in place are effective and recognised by a Government-backed scheme.

    "As the company continues to grow within and beyond Hertfordshire, and offers more products, services and training courses to educational settings, having the right security is crucial. This accreditation will help assure our customers, educational settings, including our shareholding schools, local authorities, suppliers and our staff that we have these essential cyber precautions in place."

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