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Ahead of the curve on GDPR – SEC receives Cyber Essentials

SEC Recruitment
Posted on: 14 Nov 17
Ahead of the curve on GDPR – SEC receives Cyber Essentials

With the 25th May 2018 deadline in many businesses sights with the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the need to be able to demonstrate that an organisation is doing the right thing has never been more prevalent. From May next year the holding of data will shift to a focus which places the emphasis on obtaining an ‘opt in’ and the rights of an individual to have more control of their data will be enforced as part of this European-wide legislation, which is why SEC Recruitment is today delighted to announce that it has been granted the Cyber Essentials certification from HM Government.
Cyber Essentials is a government-endorsed standard that ensures that a business is delivering on core protocols to prevent the vast majority of cyber-attacks. It was achieved through a rigorous review of SEC’s internal IT processes and assessment of the steps taken to reduce the risk of malware or virus attack.

Speaking of the awarding of the standard, Chief Executive Stuart Britton, said “Making sure our internal processes and practices for the prevention of cyber-attack is not something that has been driven by the GDPR regulations, but because we think that having this is the right thing to do to show our candidates, clients and anybody who works with SEC that we do things right. 

I’m delighted that we have achieved this standard, which is just one more step to showing our ‘Quality First’ approach to how we operate as a business. We strive to be the life sciences recruitment partner of first choice through our consistent delivery of service excellence and this, as well as other quality marks we have obtained in 2017, underlines our commitment”.

With the standard now confirmed SEC will continue to deliver to clients and candidates and ensure that all GDPR requirements are met as a business.

About SEC
SEC is one of Europe’s leading providers of recruitment and talent acquisition services in the Life Sciences / Pharma and IT sectors. We cover permanent as well as contract / freelance positions, in addition we also offer Payroll Process Outsource services to a number of our clients.

Established in 1987, we have developed a unique team of over 55 highly skilled, multi-lingual consultants, who collectively speak 21 languages.  We provide successful and innovative recruitment solutions to clients ranging from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies throughout Europe.

About Cyber Essentials
The Cyber Essentials Scheme covers the basics of cyber security in an organisation’s enterprise or corporate IT system. Implementation of these controls can significantly.

reduce the risk of prevalent but unskilled cyber-attack. For many organisations, especially those with significant information assets or who are exposed to a wider range of threats, Cyber Essentials will become a practical component of a wider ranging cyber security posture – for example, as described in the Government’s ‘10 Steps to Cyber Security’ and ‘Cyber Security: what small businesses need to know’. 

Cyber Essentials offers a sound foundation of basic hygiene measures that all types of organisations can implement and potentially build upon. Government believes that implementing these measures can significantly reduce an organisation's vulnerability. However, it does not offer a silver bullet to remove all cyber security risk; for example, it is not designed to address more advanced, targeted attacks and hence organisations facing these threats will need to implement additional measures as part of their security strategy. What Cyber Essentials does do is define a focused set of controls which will provide cost effective, basic cyber security for organisations of all sizes.  
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Chris Howard
SEC Recruitment
020 7255 6600

Last updated on: 14/11/2017

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