Undoubtedly GDPR is the hot topic of the moment and at Extech we have been invited to a number of seminars over recent months to help us understand what it means to be compliant. From speaking to fellow business colleagues at these seminars it is quite apparent that we are all on a journey through the unknown and we all value whatever professional support we can get. However the key question on everyone’s lips is who do we turn to for advice and who can we trust to help us get it right, as currently there is no acknowledged or standard GDPR certification that you can work towards.

This conundrum got Andrew Hookway at Extech thinking about what was the best way forward to offer assistance to both his own clients and the general business community. Andrew also had to bear in mind that Extech would need to work towards demonstrating full GDPR compliance themselves by May 2018.

With this thought in mind Extech researched the market and found that Cyber Essentials, a government backed certification from the National Cyber Security Centre, was a big step in the right direction towards GDPR compliance. Cyber Essentials helps you guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrates your commitment to cyber security. Achieving certification helps reassure customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber-attack and you have a clear picture of your organisation’s cyber security level. It also helps attract new business with the promise you have cyber security measures in place; and for some Government contracts it is compulsory.

The good news for local businesses is that Extech have recently qualified to be a certification issuing body for Cyber Essentials, so if you would like to begin your journey to Cyber Essentials Certification which Extech considers to be one of the pre-requisites to demonstrating GDPR compliance, then please contact Andrew on Ahookway@extech.co.uk