REIDsteel has achieved Cyber Essentials certification for its robust IT processes and safeguarding of sensitive data.

Cyber Essentials is a government backed and industry supported scheme to help businesses and organisations put best practice cybersecurity measures in place.

According to latest figures published in April by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, just three per cent of business and charities report adhering to Cyber Essentials.

Nick Wright, REIDsteel Head of IT, said: “Applying for Cyber Essentials certification was an ideal opportunity to have a fresh look at our security processes and security settings.

“I am very pleased that, with a very few minor modifications in process, we were able to achieve the certification.  Our aim will be continued improvements throughout the year with the aim of achieving the Cyber Essentials Plus next year.”

Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates our commitment to IT excellence for our customers, staff, suppliers and business associates.

It will also open up the path to new business and contracts which involve handling sensitive information or the provision of certain products and services.

Emily Cowls, from our business development team and deals with a lot of the pre-qualification assessments that our clients have in place, said: “The Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates that we have reached or exceeded the quality standard required by our customers for managing and keeping their data as safe as we can and tells them that we have robust security processes and policies in place that meet the current industry standards.  Especially in such a fast moving field.”

This important accreditation shows industry what we have in place; it will sit in and comply with the Common Assessment Standards (CAS) that many of our customers require.

Without the CAS Emily would have a whole bunch of other forms to fill in; it simplifies access to accreditations.

Certification is a benchmark for quality standards and many companies like us go far beyond the minimum standards.

Through the British Constructional Steelwork Association, we already meet the government-backed Common Assessment Standard (CAS) developed by Build UK and endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council.

It is a unified platform for use by UK main contractors, with an industry-agreed question set and assessment standards for the pre-qualification of suppliers.