Based in Suffolk, Timberwolf Ltd specialises in the manufacture of professional wood chippers and shredders. Timberwolf is the largest manufacturer of commercial wood chippers in the UK and continue to grow globally. Like many leading businesses, they take the security of their data seriously and Cyber Essentials certification was seen as another opportunity to ensure best practices were being followed for IT.
"Cyber Essentials was highlighted to us by Strident Ltd and after conducting our own research we decided it would be a good benchmarking exercise," explains Amy Mattock, Business Systems Manager for Timberwolf. "We already had a number of processes in place to limit our exposure to cyber-attacks, such as anti-spam via Office 365, anti-virus system and a firewall. Cyber Essentials certification required us to review what we do and to further tighten up our procedures. Security procedures need to consider the actions of company staff as well as the technical aspects."
Cyber Essentials was launched by the UK Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to help businesses avoid the risk of internet-based threats to their IT systems. It is a response to the growing prevalence of cyber-attacks on businesses, such as hacking for customers' details or extortion via ransomware. "IT security is a complex and specialist area of IT and it was great that Strident took us through the process and we could independently verify the IT security they put in place," adds Amy.
Once the security protocols for Cyber Essentials are in place and a self-assessment has been completed, this is submitted to an independent assessor, such as the British Standards Institute, to review and perform a vulnerability scan. If successful, the business is certified for one year.
"Strident is very proactive in IT security and many of the actions required by Cyber Essentials, such as up-to-date security patches of software, are routinely carried out by us for our customers," says Chris Joberns, Strident's Managing Director. "As with Timberwolf, we are confident that our customers can reach the Cyber Essentials standard with ease."
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