Keeping your data safe – THP wins Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation
The New Year brought with it a stark reminder that poor cyber security can inflict major damage on any business.
On 31st December, hackers launched a major cyber-attack on foreign exchange company Travelex. It was so bad that the firm had to turn off all of its IT systems, take down 30 websites globally and even revert to using pen and paper to do its work.
At the time of writing, a ransomware gang is trying to force Travelex to pay $6m. If it doesn’t, the criminals say they will wipe the company’s IT systems and sell its customer data online. This would be catastrophic – the gang claims to have 5GB of personal data, including credit card information and dates of birth.
46% of businesses targeted annually
Major data breaches like this are, sadly, all too common. Indeed, the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 reported that nearly half (46%) of businesses had experienced a cyber-attack during the previous year. That adds up to 4,000 attacks per day.
At THP, we have made it a priority to keep our systems safe from attack and to keep your data safe. As an accountancy firm, our business relies on the trust our clients put in us. For us, that is the main reason for keeping all of your sensitive and business critical data as safe as possible.
To help us achieve this, we recently applied for and won Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. Among other criteria, this rigorous scheme recognises our efforts to:
- Safeguard commercially sensitive information
- Protect our systems from malware, including viruses
- Control who has access to our data
- Maintain securely configured IT systems
- Keep devices and software updated
- Monitor our systems for unusual behaviour
The accreditation process involved on-site assessment and vulnerability tests, which we passed with flying colours. We were very pleased to receive certification on 19th December and intend to renew this each year – helping to ensure that IT and data security stays high up our list of priorities.
If you would like to know more about how we keep your data safe, please feel free to talk to your account manager. It may also be a good time to review your own business’s cyber-security arrangements. If so, we’d be very happy to talk you through the Cyber Essentials accreditation process.
About Mark Boulter
Mark Boulter is responsible for the efficient running of the firm’s infrastructure, and ensuring that THP delivers the best client service. Promoting the vision and culture across all branches, people are the key: “I like people who have a fresh approach and I’m happy for them to run with their ideas,” he says.
Communication across departments is crucial and Mark pioneers this. He ensure that people and departments not only talk to each other, but that they share ideas– whether they’re about marketing, finance, sales, strategy or any other topic that can result in us offering a better service. “I think helping to develop the next generation of THP people is essential to our success,” Mark adds. “We’ve a lot of talented people and our way of doing things increasingly attracts ambitious newcomers who are looking for a fresh approach. That’s good for us and even better news for our clients.”