Risk Evolves, who provide risk management consultancy to SMEs and international corporations across a variety of industry sectors, have renewed their Digitally Aware accreditation.
The Police Digital Security Centre’s (PDSC) Digitally Aware certification scheme, designed in collaboration with BSI (the British Standards Institute), is aimed at helping SMEs reduce their vulnerability to cyber crime and promote those businesses who have taken the first step towards better cyber security. With an SME being hacked on average once every 19 seconds in the UK, 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 Digitally Aware certification can be completed through a simple online assessment in just 15 minutes. The assessment helps test the resilience of the business to the most common types of cyber crime and 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. Businesses who achieve the Digitally Aware accreditation receive a certificate valid for 12 months.
Michelle Kradolfer, Cyber Development Officer at the PDSC, said: “Digitally Aware is all about ensuring that an organisation builds a strong cyber security foundation from within and encourages good cyber practices throughout the business.
“For some SMEs, this certificate will be a stepping stone in their cyber security journey, which will lead them to go onto achieving higher levels of cyber certifications, such as Cyber Essentials & Cyber Essential Plus, ISO27001 and Digitally Resilient. While we highly encourage businesses to continue on their journey, we also recognise that some of those higher level certifications might not be needed or suitable for some SMEs, which is why PDSC developed Digitally Aware.
“Our goal is to ensure that no business is left behind and everyone, no matter the size or sector they are in, can participate in improving their cyber security posture and become more resilient.”
Helen Barge, Managing Director at Risk Evolves, said: ““One of the founding principles of Risk Evolves, is that we will never ask a Client to do something that we ourselves would not be prepared to do. Whilst Risk Evolves have additionally certified to Cyber Essentials, ISO27001 and ISO27701, the Digitally Aware certificate provides SME’s with a great first step on the journey to becoming more resilient to the increasing threat which all organisations, regardless of size or sector, are experiencing.
“All organisations should have cyber security on their business plans for 2021, and achieving Digitally Aware should be the first milestone in that plan”.
As a multi-award winning consultancy, Risk Evolves pride themselves on giving businesses the Freedom to Innovate and The Confidence to Grow.
Risk Evolves works closely with SME’s and large corporates to enable them to understand what risks could threaten their business, both now and in the future. Risk Evolves have a package to suit every budget including their popular Compliance as a Service and Critical Friend offerings to cover everything from H&S to GDPR.
Increasingly, studies are showing that those businesses who understand, manage and embrace their internal and external risks are resilient to change. These businesses will survive in today’s changing marketplace. Risk can come in many forms, from cyber attack to changes in regulation. At Risk Evolves the company prepare organisations for the challenges ahead, enabling them to maximise every opportunity for business growth, instead of squandering precious resource fighting preventable fires.
For more information on Risk Evolves, visit: www.riskevolves.com
For more information on the Digitally Aware certification scheme, visit: www.policedsc.com/smes
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 about the PDSC visit: www.policedsc.com