Bevan Brittan has obtained the government-backed Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications which are designed to test that an organisation has a robust level of cyber and information security.

The Cyber Essentials scheme sets out a good baseline of cyber security suitable for all organisations in all sectors. The scheme addresses five key controls that, when implemented correctly, can prevent around 80% of cyber attacks.

A recently published government survey found that nearly half of British businesses discovered at least one cyber security breach or attack in the past year, rising to two thirds among medium and large companies – underlining the need for sound cyber defences.

Bevan Brittan has obtained both Cyber Essentials and the more advanced Cyber Essentials Plus certifications. Cyber Essentials Plus involves additional security testing conducted by an outside body.

The certifications are in addition to the internationally recognised ISO 27001 information security management standard that the firm already holds.

Peter Rogers, Director of Risk at Bevan Brittan, said: “We are pleased to have obtained the Cyber Essentials Plus certification. We take the security of our systems extremely seriously and have regular external testing of them.  Achieving this certification demonstrates our commitment to maintaining a secure environment in which data and information are well protected.”