The London Digital Security Centre has launched a new certification scheme for businesses which, it says, will help businesses better protect their data and be less vulnerable to cyber crime.
Two new certificates being awarded by the London Digital Security Centre are Secured by Design – Police Preferred Specification for cyber security suppliers and Digitally Aware – Secured By Design for businesses.
Founded by the Mayor of London as a joint venture with the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police, the London Digital Security Centre works alongside the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre (ActionFraud). The centre today launched a new digital certification scheme to help businesses in securing their data and to reduce their exposure to cyber criminals.
The certification scheme comes with two awards, each for compliant cyber security suppliers and businesses respectively that will comply with cyber security standards recommended by the London Digital Security Centre.
"Almost half of small businesses in the UK have been the victims of cyber crime in the past 12 months, yet the overwhelming majority of cyber attacks can be prevented using simple measures," said Chris Diogenous, chief commercial officer at the LDSC.
"UK businesses can demonstrate that they have taken the necessary measures to protect the data they hold and reduce their overall vulnerability to cyber crime."
As reported by Computer Business Review, the new Secured by Design – Police Preferred Specification certificate will "assess and verify cyber security suppliers to ensure supply chains are resilient to cyber attack". The scheme has attracted seven early adopters, namely BLOCKPHISH, CyberSmart, the IASME Consortium Ltd, SecurityScorecard, Titania, Xcina, and Yoti Ltd.
If these firms are found complying with cyber security standards that have been recommended by the police, they will be granted police-preferred status.
The Digitally Aware – Secured By Design certificate will also help businesses better protect their enterprise or customer data by taking advantage of a risk-assessment toolkit offered by the London Digital Security Centre.
The new certification scheme comes at a time when Scotland Yard has warned enterprises how risky cyber behaviour like the use of insecure passwords and out-of-date software can lead to disastrous consequences. Statistics released by the police revealed that as many as 3,500 people in London become victims of cyber fraud, and residents and enterprises based in London lose an average of £26 million every month.
The statistics also revealed that while 89 percent of firms employed the right firewalls to meet expected threats, only one in five firms provided cyber security training to their staff which ensured that hackers continue to succeed with their attempts at phishing employees.
"We accept organisations and the public generally have the technology and correct processes but it is people that are vulnerable. What we are finding is that people are vulnerable through a lack of understanding of the cyber threat," said Mick Gallagher, head of the Met's cyber crime division.