IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU; in fact, it could happen to any of us. The cyber threat is becoming more prevalent than most people know, affecting not just governments and public sector institutions but all businesses, no matter their size. The construction industry supply chain is not immune to this threat.
The BBC carried a recent technology report on ‘The ransomware surge which is ruining lives’ where Ransomware gangs are now routinely targeting schools, hospitals and businesses. Hackers use malicious software to scramble and steal organisations computer data. See the article link referenced at the end of this post for more information.
We announced back in March this year; we took Cyber Essentials Government-backed and industry-supported scheme to help protect against common online threats. We are proud to announce we have now achieved the enhanced accreditation to the valued Cyber Essentials Plus, requiring independent verification for certification.
As the writer of this post and working from home I can personally vouch for the quality of the Redmond Group IT department as I logged on from a different computer and location to edit an article posting. My account was subsequently locked out and required me to gain a new log in password and verify my device for future use. Whilst frustrating at the time I can appreciate the need for this cautious and effective monitoring protocol.
Stephen Redmond, MD, stated, ‘This is an excellent award and reflects our strict protocols to minimise any potential threat to our business as part of our good governance responsibility under ESG policies and to put them into practice. This achievement is a reflection on the good teamwork and disciplines we have put in place to protect our customers and our own business operations, particularly with increased home working as well as onsite access to our IT systems.’
Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certifications. Cyber Essentials is a UK Government, and industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against online threats to their data and IT structure.
- BBC article 30 April 2021 – The ransomware surge ruining lives https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56933733
- The previous article – TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT AGAINST THE CYBER THREAT
- Detica Report in partnership with the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the Cabinet: DETICA REPORT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OFFICE OF CYBERSECURITY AND INFORMATION ASSURANCE IN THE CABINET OFFICE.
- About Cyber Essentials – https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberessentials/overview