London, 2nd February 2016: Managed communications services provider Azzurri Communications today announced that it has achieved the Government’s Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation for a second year. This builds on the company’s strong governance policies and focus on company-wide IT infrastructure security, ensuring that the company’s public sector customers are protected from the well-reported dangers posed by cyber-threats. Security has never been more important for public sector organisations, with Chancellor George Osborne recently announcing Government plans to invest £1.9 billion in cyber security over the next five years.
Azzurri achieved reaccreditation of the more advanced Cyber Essentials Plus certification, which means that the security and robustness of company’s platform and internet facing applications have been independently tested and verified by an external certification body. This involved investigations inside the network, vulnerability scanning, remote access capability and penetration testing.
The Cyber Essentials Scheme was launched by the UK Government in 2014, and recognises the achievement of government-endorsed standards of cyber hygiene which can significantly reduce organisations’ vulnerability. Adherence to the scheme is an essential certification for any public sector ICT supplier.
“It’s another string to our bow to have achieved this accreditation once more, and it gives public sector organisations the guarantee that our security credentials meet Government standards,” said Chris Jagusz, CEO of Azzurri Communications, “Our public sector customers quite rightly consider robust security and cyber-crime detection mechanisms as more than a simple tick in the box. It has become a ‘do or die’ requirement that all their suppliers must demonstrate.”
In the past financial year, Azzurri has retained all its ISO accreditations, including Quality Management (ISO9001) and Security (ISO27001). This, alongside Cyber Essentials Plus means Azzurri can continue to act as a secure and trusted managed communications services provider to public sector organisations. The company is a provider on the government’s G-Cloud 7 framework, a direct-award marketplace that allows public sector organisations to source cloud based IT services. Azzurri also holds accreditations for nine lots on the Network Services Framework (RM1045) for public sector ICT services.