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BVRLA secures government cyber security accreditation

The BVRLA has been accredited for its ongoing work on cyber security by the Government-backed Cyber Essentials Plus programme.

Cyber attacks have become increasingly prevalent as digital working increases and criminals exploit the Covid crisis

The accreditation, awarded by the National Cyber Security Centre’s partner IASME, demonstrates that the BVRLA meets the standards of IT security required to help protect against cyber attacks.

Such attacks have become increasingly prevalent as digital working increases and criminals exploit the Covid crisis to unscrupulously target individuals and businesses.

According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey published by the UK government in March 2021, four in 10 businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) had reported having cyber security breaches or attacks in the prior 12 months.

While the figure for businesses is down from 46% the year before, evidence from the study suggests that the risk level is potentially higher than ever under Covid-19, and that businesses are finding it harder to administer cyber security measures during the pandemic.

The BVRLA’s cyber security accreditation shows that the organisation meets standards in five key areas: ensuring a secure internet connection; applying the most secure settings to secure devices and software; controlling access to data and services; protecting against viruses and other malware, and keeping devices and software up to date .

BVRLA director of membership & legal Shashi Maharaj said: “We are delighted to have obtained the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation and will be displaying the logo with pride to signal to members, partners, and suppliers that the BVRLA is an organisation that takes cyber security matters very seriously and has processes in place to mitigate against a breach.”

The accreditation is the latest investment to enhance the BVRLA’s IT capabilities following attainment of the precursor Cyber Essentials accreditation in 2020 and the recent appointment of a new head of IT, responsible for IT infrastructure, operations and systems.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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