Wilson Nesbitt awarded Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation

Wilson Nesbitt has been awarded the Government approved Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, which certifies that the firm has invested in rigorous procedures to prevent cyber threats and other online attacks, protecting our data and the data of our clients.

New research suggests that cyber-attacks increased by 140% in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK last year, with malware attacks representing the most common form of breach.

The firm is one of a select few in the country to hold the Cyber Essentials Plus certification based on guidance from the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance (CESG). The certification process involved a demanding series of cyber security assessments, all of which were verified by an independent certification body and carefully chosen according to the needs of Wilson Nesbitt and its clients.

Part of the Government’s framework for cyber security standards, Cyber Essentials Plus analyses the safety of a company’s IT infrastructure in terms of:

  • User Access Control
  • Patch Management
  • Boundary Firewalls
  • Internet Gateways
  • Malware Protection
  • Secure Configurations

Protecting against all kinds of common Internet-based threats from hacking to malicious emails, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are government-backed schemes which allow businesses to show that cyber security is important to them; being certified shows that they have high levels of protections in place against the threat of attacks, protecting the data of their clients and themselves.

Adele Summers, IT Director explained:

"We are constantly working to improve the firm’s information security measures and place the highest importance on protecting the vast amount of confidential data we handle on a daily basis. We are delighted to have been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification – it demonstrates the firm’s commitment to reducing the threat of cyber security attacks."

Natasha Adamson, the partner in charge of the Lender Services department at the firm commented:

"We are delighted that we have become one of the first law firms to achieve this accreditation, which demonstrates our commitment to the safe-guarding of our clients’ and their customers’ data, as well as our own systems and further evidences the hard work and training that our partners and staff have undertaken in order to achieve this certification in an area that is of paramount importance to all businesses, but particularly in the legal sector where the risk is ever increasing."