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Humankind attains top cyber security standard

Humankind has successfully been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus certification, which demonstrates the strength of our IT security systems.

Cyber Essentials Plus is a UK Government backed accreditation which amounts to a cyber security standard. Our attaining it, shows Humankind's IT systems protect our organisation against a range of the most common cyber-attacks.

Damien Harrison, Head of IT for Humankind, said: "Due to the data that Humankind process it is mandatory for us as suppliers to demonstrate that we meet the requirements."

As a part of the certification, Humankind had to meet requirements for firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, malware protection and patch management.

It means our organisation's systems are 'secure by design' and shows our willingness for this to be audited.

Damien explained that without the Cyber Essentials Plus certification we would be extremely limited as to what government tenders we could bid for. Existing contracts are now requesting Cyber Essentials Plus certification as a way to ensure due diligence and security of data assets.

Damien said: "I am immensely proud. The amount of work that the IT Services team has completed over the past two months to meet the Cyber Essentials Plus specification has been amazing.

"This is a great achievement and demonstrates the continual service improvements that we are constantly making to our offering. The breadth and scale of the Cyber Essentials Plus certification makes this a very difficult and challenging accreditation to achieve."

Robin Earl, Executive Director of Corporate Services at Humankind, said; "I know an awful lot of behind the scenes work has gone into this and the IT team should be justly proud. Not only does this give us the certification we need, it also reassures that our systems and data are well protected."