Fortress SEFA achieve Digitally Aware accreditation

Secured by Design (SBD) member company Fortress SEFA 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.

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 Fortress SEFA 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 Fortress SEFA’s footsteps in helping to keep UK SMEs cyber secure.”

Glen Clugston, Technical Manager for Fortress SEFA, said: “Maintaining robustness for our I.T Systems and protecting both our data and our customer data is paramount. It is something we have always taken seriously, and have invested heavily in infrastructure, resources and staff training to do so. The PDSC DA certification allows us an additional means to raise awareness with our customers that their data is safe in our hands.”

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Fortress SEFA specialise in the manufacture and distribution of commercial and industrial doors across Europe, providing products designed for security, fire protection, architecture and environmental applications.

Fortress have delivered industry leading products for over 40 years and have become one of the most respected brands in the marketplace. The company offers an extensive collection of products dealing with security, environmental sustainability, fire protection and architecture.

With branches that stretch across Europe, with local manufacturing and sales facilities on hand to deal with clients’ requests where ever they are, the company are committed to product testing and innovating their range of services to provide a professional service for clients.

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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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