IT and Data Security Compliance Made Simple

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About Safonda

Safonda Limited are specialists in Cyber and Information Security formed in Ruthin, North Wales by Rob Boyns and Jason Davies with the sole purpose of helping SMEs to secure their data and protect themselves from IT based threats to their businesses using Cyber Essentials and IASME accreditations.

With over 30 years of combined experience in the IT and Information Security industries, Rob and Jason have built solid reputations through their individual companies (Boyns Information Systems and Hashtag Marketing) for delivering high quality and easy to understand services. 

In addition to their professional indeavours in Cyber Security, Jason and Rob are also active members of the community helping to raise funds and support local projects as well as running the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster with the aim of helping to raise awareness as well as support businessess and professionals to increase their cyber security capabilities.

 

Origins of Safonda

Safonda originates in the welsh language and is derived from the words "SAFON DDA" meaning "GOOD QUALITY".

This is a tribute to the welsh heritage of the founders as well as forming the basis for the companies approach to its customers and services.

 

Data Security doesnt have to be an uphill climb

Services

Accreditations

Compliance Standards are the simplest and most effective way to ensure and demonstrate your companies dedication to information security.  Through its unique partnership with Boyns Information Systems, Safonda are able to offer both Cyber Essentials and IASME including GDPR Readiness self assessed accreditations to all businesses using the Safonda Online Portal.

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Accreditation Support

Whilst Cyber Essentials and IASME are both self assessed standards, Safonda are able to help businesses to understand the requirements and implement the necessary controls, policies, procedures and technical solutions to ensure successful completion of the chosen standard(s). 

Safonda offer both individual support as well as group support days in order assist your business in the most suitable and cost effective way.

Government suppliers are now required to have Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry supported foundation for basic cyber security.  The Scheme has been carefully designed to guide organisations of any size in protecting themselves against around 80% of known cyber threats.

There are two levels of certifications within the scheme, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

As all of our accreditations are delivered by Boyns Information Systems, an IASME accredited Certification Body, Safonda is able to offer FREE CYBER INSURANCE with all of it's cyber essentials accreditations to help safeguard your business in the event of a breach.

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is an independently verified self-assessment.  You complete an online assessment which must be approved at board level or equivalent.  Upon submission, Safonda review your answers against the assessment criteria and if successful, your company will be awarded a Cyber Essentials certificate and be permitted to use the Cyber Essentials logo on all collateral.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus is a more in depth assessment of your IT infrastructure utilising both internal and external vulnerability tests.  You must have been awarded the basic Cyber Essentials certification before you can proceed with Cyber Essential Plus accreditation. Successful accreditation against Cyber Essential Plus provides a higher level of assurance that your organisation has a strong cyber security regime with correctly implemented controls thereby maintaining a robust defence against Internet-based attacks.

Why Should You Get Cyber Essentials?

Cyber attacks cost organisations like yours thousands of pounds and cause lengthy periods of disruption. Do you have a plan for what you would do if your customer database was stolen, your website was forced offline, or you couldn’t access your email or business-critical data?

Cyber criminals don’t just attack banks and large companies - they target any organisation which isn’t properly protected, even small businesses - like yours.

The majority of cyber attacks exploit basic weaknesses in your IT systems and software. Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks. The scheme is designed by Government to make it easy for you to protect yourself.

Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cashflow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off your customers, stop you trading and damage your hard-earned reputation. It could also be reported in the local media. Loss of data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.

Having a Cyber Essentials badge will

  • Protect your organisation against common cyber threats
  • Show your customers you take this issue seriously
  • Enable you to bid for Government contracts.

Since October 2014 Cyber Essentials has been mandatory for suppliers of Government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing some ICT products and services. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge enables you to bid for these contracts.

To find out more about how Safonda can help you to find out where you currently stand against Cyber Essentials, contact us now.

Defined Policies and Procedures can help get you to the other side of an incident

IASME

What is the IASME Governance Standard and why should you have it?

IASME Governance Standard, is risk-based and includes aspects such as physical security, staff awareness, and data backup and was recently recognised as the best cyber security standard for small companies by the UK Government.

IASME Governance standard was developed over several years during a Technology Strategy Board funded project to create a cyber security standard which would be an affordable and achievable alternative to the international standard, ISO27001.

IASME Governance assessment includes a Cyber Essentials assessment and is available either as a self assessment or on-site audit. Since the 1st March 2017, it has also included an optional assessment against the GDPR requirements.

You can self-assess against both the Cyber Essentials and IASME requirements at the same time and, if successful, achieve both certifications.  As an additional bonus, successful certification will entitle you to Free Cyber Liability Insurance with a £25,000 indemnity limit (terms apply)

For more information about the IASME Standard click here.

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