Keeping up to date with the latest cyber security learning

Two in five businesses have recorded cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months, according to a new report.

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 report revealed that fewer businesses are taking the recommended cyber security measures.

To combat this, Suffolk-based business Infotex has completed its Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation to demonstrate its commitment to client security.

The UK Government backed scheme ensures that systems are up to date, secure and fit for purpose, meaning that clients can rest assured that they are working with a business that is confident in its digital security.

Ant Agar, managing director at Infotex, said: “By having a clear picture of our business’ cyber security level, we can remain vigilant and keep ourselves ahead of any risk.

“This strengthens our position as a reliable and trusted provider, particularly in the more heavily regulated industries and secures our position to further support larger government backed organisations.”

The report detailed how the cyber risk to organisations has been heightened as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It has made securing digital environments more challenging as organisational resources are diverted to enabling home working for employees.

Martin Jones, from Cyber Essentials Plus, said: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant number of organisations have struggled to keep up-to-date with the latest patch cycles and security updates as the patching systems were kept on the local network.

“With many, if not all, machines being remote, the patches could not be applied effectively.

“Some organisations have relied on end users to apply patches manually, but this relies on the user’s technical aptitude and conscientiousness.”

Richard Howlett, lead developer at Infotex, added: “We are very proud of achieving Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

“Infotex has made some significant investments in its cyber security infrastructure and this external validation provides a clear demonstration to our clients and partners of our commitment to protecting the organisation from cyber-related attacks.”

Image: Infotex managing director Ant Agar. Credit: Skip50

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