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Quest gains Cyber Essentials Accreditation

Quest has gained Cyber Essentials accreditation

Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme that helps businesses demonstrate that they have robust IT infrastructure and processes in place to protect themselves and their customers against the continuously evolving cyber security threat that is faced these days.

Dave Gordon, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Quest said “Cyber Essentials alongside our ISO9001:2015 and Safe Contractor accreditations demonstrate our commitment to continuous improvement, with this latest accreditation particularly supporting the work we carry out for the defence sector where cyber security is a key issue”.

“I’d also like to extend my gratitude to Michael Hall from MH Computers for his invaluable on-going assistance during the accreditation process.”

Cyber Essentials – The Five Key Control Areas

Throughout the process to achieve Cyber Essentials certification, we underwent evaluation on five security controls within our IT network, this included:

  • Firewalls
  • Secure configuration
  • User access control
  • Malware protection
  • Patch management

To ensure we met these requirements, our IT provider collected information from across our business including who had administrative access, the version of company phones, the security of networks, the strength of our passwords, software usage and user management for employees.

Getting every employee on board with cyber security is essential to prevent breaches so a new security policy was issued to help all members of staff understand the new measures that were put in place.