FibreCRM who provide integrated CRM for Accountants has received the UK government’s ‘cyber essentials’ accreditation.

The Cyber Essentials scheme, a government initiative launched in 2014 to encourage businesses to adhere to best-practices in IT security. It requires that a variety of security controls are put in place across the business, something which the company believes is particularly important “as a supplier of technology which holds personal data.”

Founder of FibreCRM Simon Leek said: “The accreditation is about more than securing our firm’s own IT systems. As the use of CRM continues to increase in the accounting profession, more data than ever is being processed and stored. With EU General Data Protection Regulation, clients of accountants are paying more attention to the security credentials of their suppliers, so we believe investing in Cyber Essentials is the right thing to do”.

Richard Jackson, Project Manager & Data Privacy at FibreCRM said: “Receiving accreditation from the Cyber Essentials scheme highlights our commitment to adopting a best practice approach to all areas of cybersecurity. Openness, trust and transparency are core to fighting the threat of cybercrime and we welcome schemes such as Cyber Essentials, which help give clarity and assurance to all those within the supply chain.”

At this time, FibreCRM are the only specialist providers of CRM to accountants to be awarded Cyber Essentials and plans are in place for 2019 for FibreCRM to work towards Cyber Essentials Plus and the IASME Gold Standard.

Notes to Editors

FibreCRM is one of the UK’s longest established and trusted CRM consultancies and DATA transformation specialists. FibreCRM has partnered with SugarCRM since 2007 specialised in providing integrated CRM to accountants.

FibreCRM provide the technology behind the IRIS CRM product who have 17,000 UK accountants and have a strategic partnership with CCH.

For further information contact the founder Simon Leek:

Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously.  The scheme is available at two levels.

  • Cyber Essentials – an independently verified self assessment.  Organisations assess themselves against five basic security controls and a qualified assessor verifies the information provided.
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS – a higher level of assurance. A qualified and independent assessor examines the same five controls, testing that they work in practice by simulating basic hacking and phishing attacks.

The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities – which are freely available on the internet.

Organisations that undertake Cyber Essentials are encouraged to recertify at least once a year and, where appropriate, progress their security.

Since 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0914-cyber-essentials-scheme-certification .

For further information please see www.cyberstreetwise.com\cyberessentials