For fostering services, cyber security is becoming increasingly important. As more agencies depend on their digital systems to operate, the risk of cyberattacks also increases. With cyber criminals constantly finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in IT systems, it is essential for organisations of all sizes to take steps to protect their data subjects and themselves from cyber threats.

That's where the NCSC's (National Cyber Security Centre) Cyber Essentials certification and Cyber Advisor service and IASME’s Cyber Assurance standard come in. These cybersecurity frameworks, when implemented, provide a set of guidelines which set out best practices for securing your IT systems.

The NCSC’s ‘Cyber Essentials’ scheme provides a framework that helps organisations protect themselves against common online security threats. This certification is perfect for those just starting out on their journey towards better security as well as those who are looking to ensure they have the appropriate technical controls in place.

The ‘Cyber Advisor’ service, also owned by the NCSC, provides tailored advice which helps small businesses navigate potential risks effectively within their allocated budget. This provides a stepping stone for those companies considering Cyber Essentials, but also for those that want to assess their current level of cyber security.

The IASME Consortium offers an affordable yet comprehensive way of achieving certification which demonstrates your level of commitment to information security management and data protection. This standard is recognised by many Government departments as well as industry bodies and associations.

Together these can help companies create a strong foundation on which to build year after year when trying to achieve the high standards necessary when bidding for contracts with local councils or government departments. More importantly, it evidences to your carers and staff communities that you are taking proactive steps to protect their information.

Every provider needs effective cybersecurity measures in place if it wants protection from an ever-evolving threat landscape. By obtaining the NCSC’s 'Cyber Essentials' accreditation with guidance provided by both the Cyber Advisors and 'IASME Cyber Assurance' standard, businesses can make sure that they are taking the necessary steps to secure their IT systems and protect themselves from potential cyber threats and attacks.

Guardians Saints and NAFP will be hosting a free webinar at 9.30am on 20 September 2023, where we'll discuss these frameworks in more detail and provide practical tips for businesses looking to improve their online security. Join us to learn more!

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