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Cyber Essentials Plus and IASME Gold Certification

Alternative Solutions has gained gold certification to the IASME Governance Standard.  This follows an independent auditing assessment performed across the whole of the company.  Last month Alternative Solutions also achieved audited assessment to the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme.  Alternative Solutions is the first company in the Channel Islands to accomplish independent certification to both standards.

The Cyber Essentials scheme has been developed by the UK Government and industry to fulfil two functions.  It provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats, within the context of the 10 Steps to Cyber Security.  Through the Assurance Framework it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions.

The IASME standard was developed over several years to create an attainable cyber security standard for smaller companies. The international standard, ISO27001, is comprehensive but extremely challenging for a small company to accomplish and maintain. The IASME standard is written along the same lines as the ISO27001 but specifically for smaller companies. The gold standard of IASME, as achieved by Alternative Solutions, demonstrates baseline compliance with the international standard.

As well as demonstrating compliance with the standards, Alternative Solutions are now in a position to advice businesses in the Islands about how they can achieve compliance.  For Cyber Essentials a relatively simple gap analysis can show where systems are compliant and create a plan to attain full compliance.  Alternative Solutions can also provide external certification services for companies wanting to gain Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.