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United Kingdom : VODAFONE first telecom and multinational organisation to win government's new Cyber Essentials Plus cybersecurity certification

August 8, 2014



By winning the new Cyber Essentials Plus cybersecurity accreditation from the government recently, Vodafone has become the first telecom and multinational organisation to secure the award.

The Cyber Essentials scheme, which was created to help consumers establish whether an establishment has adopted basic security steps, like firewalls and anti-virus software, understands the significance of frequent patching.

Certification will become compulsory for all suppliers bidding for state contracts that involve the management of personal and sensitive information.

However, the scheme does not test for advanced security features such as encryption or two-factor authentication.

Minister for culture and the digital economy, Ed Vaizey, said : "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."

Paving the way for its services to be used in the public industry, Vodafone's IT systems cleared the "stringent" criteria for Tier II of certification.

Head of technology security at Vodafone, Howard Pinto, said : "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 ongoing commitment to ensuring the security and protection of our IT and customer systems and online assets."


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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