Fastline Steel Services achieve Digitally Aware accreditation

Secured by Design (SBD) member company Fastline Steel Services have achieved the Police Digital Security Centre’s Digitally Aware accreditation, demonstrating to their customers, staff and suppliers how important the security of their information is to the business.

With 65,000 cyber security attacks on UK SMEs daily, and 41% of UK consumers claiming they will never return to a business that has had a security breach, investing in cyber security has never been more important.

The Police Digital Security Centre’s (PDSC) Digitally Aware certification scheme, designed in collaboration with BSI (the British Standards Institute), recognises those businesses who have made the first step towards better cyber security.

The Digitally Aware certification – which is being offered FREE to SBD member companies - can be completed through a simple online assessment tool in just 15 minutes. The assessment helps test the resilience of the business to the most common types of cyber crime.

Businesses are provided with a tailored report based on the assessment, which contains specific recommendations of action in accordance with the latest Government and police guidance, with those who achieve the Digitally Aware accreditation receiving a certificate valid for 12 months.

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Michelle Kradolfer, Cyber Development Officer at the PDSC, said: “In these unprecedented times, it is crucial that businesses are taking the time to review their vulnerability to common types of cyber crimes, understand their exposure to risk and put in place simple control measures to improve their own resilience.

“We are delighted to see that businesses such as Fastline Steel Services have taken active steps to complete and successfully obtain our Digitally Aware certificate, demonstrating to their customers, employees and stakeholders that they take their cyber security seriously. We hope that other businesses will take note of this achievement and follow in Fastline Steel Services’ footsteps in helping to keep UK SMEs cyber secure.”

Mike Fellows (Managing Director), Fastline Steel Services, said: “We’ve noticed a clear trend in recent years in the demand and importance of cyber security awareness; this is an aspect of our business which we take incredibly seriously. What started as a matter of prudence is also proving to make great commercial sense. We’ve seen a marked increase in our high end security and national infrastructure enquiries on the back of the recent implementations and improvements we’ve made.”

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Fastline Steel Services are the UK's market leader in the manufacture of steel perimeter security systems, including steel palisade, mesh systems, bespoke systems and all associated gate sets to suit. The company are involved with high level security systems testing and continually developing their products and services to ensure that they remain at the very pinnacle of their industry.

With over 250 years combined experience, numerous offices/ factories and their own fleet of vehicles, the company place customer service and satisfaction as their highest priority.

Fastline Steel Services currently supply products to the UK and international market, with projects ranging from £50 to £5,000,000.

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The PDSC is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, a police-owned, not-for-profit organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention initiatives to reduce crime, as well as acting as a catalyst to bring together public and private sector organisations to create safer communities.

As well as law enforcement, the PDSC works in partnership with industry, government and academia in support of the Government’s ambition to make the UK one of the safest places to do business online.

The PDSC is focused on helping SMEs reduce their vulnerability to cyber-crime and fraud by raising awareness about the most common types of cyber-crime and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves. All advice and guidance is consistent with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

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