Education Host – the UK’s leading Student, School, College, University web hosting company is proud to announce they have achieved Cyber Essentials certification (a certification scheme which deals with data security and cybersecurity).
What is Cyber Essentials Certification?
Cyber Essentials is a UK government information assurance scheme, operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (a part of GCHQ). It, therefore, encourages organisations to adopt good IT practices in relation to cybersecurity and data security.
Cyber Essentials is an assurance framework that contains a set of security controls, to protect data from risks and threats coming from the internet. Furthermore, the standard was developed in collaboration with the UK Government and industry partners, such as:
- The Information Security Forum;
- The Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises Consortium; and
- The British Standards Institution.
Education Host attained its Cyber Essentials certificate on the 29th of January 2020.
What Does It Mean For Me?
Cyber Essentials is a standard that deals with cybersecurity. Obtaining Cyber Essentials, therefore, ensures that Education Host has is compliant in relation to cybersecurity and its associated data risks.
This, therefore, gives Education Host customers assurance that we take cybersecurity and data security very seriously.
The National Cyber Security Centre, (a part of GCHQ), oversees the standard, which gives additional credence to this UK standard.
Additionally, Cyber Essentials is a specified requirement for all UK Government contracts, that involve handling sensitive or personal data.
The standard is a comprehensive look at all aspects of IT, such as:
- Are our firewalls secure and fit for purpose?
- Are our security settings the right ones?
- Who can access what data?
- Is our malware and virus protection adequate?
- What arrangements are there for keeping devices/software up to date?
In addition, Education Host’s datacentres are ISO 27001 certified. This is an international security standard which deals with confidentiality and data security and aligns with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
If information security is important to you, do not just cross your fingers when sourcing your web hosting solution.
If you are agreeing a contract, which deals with sensitive data, demand ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials compliance.
These information security standards set the bar high. It takes constant review, challenge, and action to receive and retain them. They also provide assurances that Education Host is GDPR compliant.
About Education Host – the UK’s Leading Web Hosting provider
Education Host Ltd is a privately owned and operated global provider of student, business and faculty hosting, founded in 2011. We offer managed automated hosting services with fully supported amenities and web tools that have empowered global users, universities, colleges and schools to do more on with affordable cost in mind. Education Host is globally recognised as an established, reliable, and trustworthy partner in the industry.
Passion and vision for excellence allow us to continually move forward and provide the best possible service.