Argyll and Bute Coun­cil achieves high­est level of cy­ber se­cu­rity

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Argyll and Bute Coun­cil has been awarded the UK’s high­est level of cy­ber se­cu­rity ac­cred­i­ta­tion af­ter in­de­pen­dent as­ses­sors car­ried out thor­ough tests on com­puter sys­tems.

The coun­cil has been given its Cy­ber Es­sen­tials Plus cer­tifi­cate, which con­firms its com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing data against the most com­mon in­ter­net-based threats to cy­ber se­cu­rity.

These in­clude hack­ing, phish­ing and pass­word guess­ing.

As well as pro­tect­ing the coun­cil’s data, the Cy­ber Es­sen­tials Plus ac­cred­i­ta­tion demon­strated the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to keep­ing the data of res­i­dents, busi­nesses and part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions se­cure from on­line at­tacks.

Cre­ated by the UK Gov­ern­ment and cy­ber se­cu­rity ex­perts, the Cy­ber Es­sen­tials scheme helps or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­tect the con­fi­den­tial­ity, in­tegrity and avail­abil­ity of data stored on de­vices which con­nect to the in­ter­net.

Coun­cil­lor Rory Colville, pol­icy lead for cor­po­rate ser­vices, said: ‘We take the se­cu­rity of your data, as well as our own, very se­ri­ously. Get­ting this Cy­ber Es­sen­tials Plus ac­cred­i­ta­tion means we have gone the ex­tra mile to en­sure our sys­tems are se­cure.

‘The sys­tems have been tested by in­de­pen­dent as­ses­sors and we can now proudly say our IT is suit­ably se­cure and meets the stan­dards set by the Cy­ber Es­sen­tials scheme.’

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