Secured by Design (SBD) member company Heald 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. 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.
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 Heald 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 Heald’s footsteps in helping to keep UK SMEs cyber secure.”
Debbie Heald MBE, owner and managing director of Heald Ltd, said: “While our line of business focuses on securing the perimeters of high profile locations, ensuring our business is cybersecurity compliant is vital to reassuring our business partners and customers that our online correspondence and the information we hold on them is adequately protected from the risks associated with cybercrime.”
Established in 1987, Heald design, manufacture and install a range of innovative hostile vehicle mitigation systems and traffic control solutions. It’s award-winning range of road blockers, barriers and bollards play a leading role in the defence of vulnerable properties worldwide.
Clients include military sites, presidential buildings, palaces, embassies, border controls, airports, oil refineries, stadia, banks, shopping malls and government buildings.
Heald is one of the largest manufacturers of security equipment in the UK and has been a member of SBD since 2005. You can find out full details of Heald’s extensive range of SBD accredited products here: https://www.securedbydesign.com/member-companies/sbd-members?view=companydetail&account=0011i00000JpvlaAAB
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).
For more information see: www.policedsc.com