After being awarded the Cyber Essentials accreditation earlier this year we are very proud to announce that we have now progressed even further and are currently only the 8th Hospice in the United Kingdom to be allowed to display the government Cyber Essentials Plus award logo.
Cyber Essentials is a UK government-driven initiative to promote a standard in cyber security practices across all industries and sectors; with Cyber Essentials Plus being the much higher standard. To obtain accreditation, we went through an independent assessment of the security controls we have in place to mitigate risks from internet based threats. After being awarded the Cyber Essentials standard earlier this year, we took further steps to protect against cyber-crime and went through extensive inspections and hands-on technical verification checks to achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus Award. On 22nd October 2020 we finally achieved accreditation.
This award certifies that we have invested in strict processes and procedures to prevent cyber threats and other online attacks; which in turn protects the data of our staff, patients, donors and anyone else whose data we have authority to process.
Claire Towns, our CEO said “With the massive growth in cyber-attacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic this accreditation is proof that we take the security of data extremely seriously and everyone can be assured that we are serious about protecting their personal data and valuable information. This shows that Mary Stevens Hospice is trustworthy and demonstrates the commitment of all of our staff to cyber security.”
We are now only the 8th Hospice in the United Kingdom included on the register held by the National Cyber Security Centre to have attained the Cyber Essentials Plus standard.