Barclays has announced the receiving of a new UK government cyber security certification for its digital banking services.
Barclays has become the first major organisation to receive this certification. The Cyber Essentials scheme is division of the government's cyber security strategy. It is drafted to assess the controls that organisations have in place to deal with increasingly prevalent Internet-borne threats.
The non-profit Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers (Crest) set up the scheme's framework in partnership with GCHQ information security arm CESG.
Barclays delivered in Crest-accredited Gotham Digital Science to implement an assessment of its digital banking services, comprising MyBarclays, BMB and Pingit. To receive the certification the bank had to conclude the Cyber Essentials questionnaire and submit to an external perimeter vulnerability scan.
Philip Sowter, director, mobile banking, Barclays, commented "We identified this new government scheme as an important part of our plans to help customers in the digital age transact completely safely and securely."
Justin Clarke, MD, Gotham Digital Science, stated "The certification gives Barclays an opportunity to showcase its leadership in digital banking, and reinforces the importance the bank places on protecting customer assets and data."