Retainagroup renew Digitally Aware accreditation

Secured by Design member company Retainagroup, who protect vehicles and other valuable assets with their robust marking and registration system, 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.”

Wendy Rowe, Managing Director, Retainagroup, said: “Ever since we established our secure database, the International Security Register (ISR), in 1987, it has been at the top of our list of priorities to provide the safest possible environment for our customers’ data. It was therefore a natural progression for the Company, from gaining ISO/IEC 27001 in 2015 to achieving Digitally Aware certification. Our IT Manager is fiercely protective of the integrity and safety of the data we hold, ensuring that the ISR team always adhere to the necessarily strictest of protocols. We value hugely the trust invested in us by all our customers.”

Retainagroup is the UK's leading provider of a security system which marks glass and other vehicle components and records them on the International Security Register.

Since 1982, when the originally named Retainacar Limited was founded, the company has grown to become the market leading supplier of security marking and registration systems for deterring theft of vehicles and other valuable assets, aiding recovery, helping to identify criminals and combating fraudulent activity such as cloning and false insurance claims.

Retainagroup have tailored their unique security system to suit customers' specific requirements and currently 18% of all new vehicles sold in the UK are protected with their system as a standard feature by 13 vehicle manufacturers.

As a result of close collaboration with their customer base and with police forces throughout the country, Retainagroup have developed state of the art marking technologies and secure database services, supported 24/7/365 by an immediate verification service.

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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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