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Keeping Your Data Safe with Cyber Essentials

We have some exciting news to share with you - we've just been awarded the Cyber Essentials certification! This is an important benchmark for us, and we're so proud to have achieved it.

For those who aren't familiar, the Cyber Essentials certification is a UK government-backed scheme that demonstrates that an organisation has taken the necessary steps to protect itself against cyber threats. It covers five key areas of cybersecurity:

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1. Boundary firewalls and internet gateways: ensuring that only authorised traffic is allowed into and out of our network.

2. Secure configuration: making sure that our systems are set up securely and in line with best practices.

3. Access control: ensuring that only authorised users have access to sensitive information and systems.

4. Malware protection: using technology to detect and prevent malware attacks.

5. Patch management: keeping our systems up-to-date with the latest security updates and patches.

We're delighted to say that, after a lot of hard work and analysis of our various systems, we've met all the requirements for each of these areas, and we're now officially certified!

So what does this mean for us and for you? Well, it means that we're taking the issue of cybersecurity seriously and that we're committed to doing everything we can to keep our systems and your data safe. It also means that we're following best practices for online security and that we're up-to-date with the latest techniques for protecting against cyber attacks.

We know that you entrust us with a lot of important information, and we take that responsibility very seriously. This certification is a tangible sign of our commitment to keeping your data safe.

If you want to learn more about Cyber Essentials and find out how to obtain certification, you can visit the National Cyber Security Centre's website here.

Online security is an issue that everyone needs to take seriously. Online crime has reached epidemic proportions and we've come across some heartbreaking stories about people who have been scammed out of their life savings. Transact, one of our business partners, has produced some helpful guides telling you what to look out for, and how to avoid being conned, including some short videos describing exactly what could go wrong. You can find them here.

If you have any concerns about any communication that you receive from us, or something doesn't feel right when you're interacting with us online, you can call us to verify the details. Just speak to your usual contact and we'll do our best to help.

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