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Cyber Essentials PLUS Certified

Cyber Essentials Plus CertifiedWe are pleased to announce that Forest of Dean District Council is Cyber Essentials PLUS certified. Cyber Essentials is a UK Government-backed scheme to help businesses and organisations protect themselves from cyber-attacks, particularly from hacking, phishing and password guessing.

Attaining certification in Cyber Essentials PLUS involves reviewing all our in-house and external systems to ensure that they are locked down and secured from intrusion – this can be as simple as enforcing complex passwords for user accounts. It also lays down guidelines for best practice when it comes to software provision and administration, such as ensuring that only relevant users and devices are allowed to access our software and data.

While being certified in Cyber Essentials is no guarantee against hacking or data theft, it demonstrates a commitment to data security best practice. It also helps with winning tenders and contracts, as many local and national government contracts now require Cyber Essentials certification.

Further information and guidance for businesses, charities and other organisation can be found

For more information about Cyber Essentials, certification for your business or organisation, and a list of certifying bodies can be found on the website