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United Kingdom : VODAFONE first telco accredited with meeting cyber essentials plus cyber security standard

August 13, 2014



British mobile operator Vodafone is now the maiden telecoms company certified with meeting the 'cyber essentials plus' cyber security standard.

The telco says that following an audit its systems were found to meet the new standard which was developed by the British government earlier in 2014.

Alongside new cyber security guidelines outlining basic controls establishments can adopt to safeguard against hacking attacks and other cyber security breaches, the cyber essentials scheme was introduced in June.

The guidelines suggest businesses take several measures to boost the security of their systems and data, including using firewalls, guaranteeing the secure configuration of devices and networks, laying down limitations on access to systems and data, dealing with the threat of malicious software and managing software and security updates properly.

Head of technology security at Vodafone UK,, Howard Pinto, stated : "We take cyber security and protection of our customers' data very seriously. We want our customers to be assured that when they do business with us we are doing everything possible to protect their data, our critical systems and business operations. To be the first telecoms company and the first multinational to have met the new cyber essentials plus standard, highlights our on-going commitment to ensuring the security and protection of our IT and customer systems and online assets."

Culture minister, Ed Vaizey, added : "Protecting personal data depends on good cyber security, and the threats and challenges are getting ever more sophisticated. Organisations need to take cyber security seriously, so it s reassuring that Vodafone UK has taken the lead to become the first telecommunications provider in the UK to have achieved the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus enable businesses to demonstrate that they are taking action to control the risks - critical if they are to protect themselves, their customers and their brand."


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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