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New Cyber Highway launched to strengthen supply chain defences

Enterprise companies will have the ability to monitor in real-time the progress that their suppliers are making, en route to Cyber Essentials certification

Supply chain cyber defences made stronger through certification

The Cyber Highway has been launched in London. This is a new, user-friendly online portal for large enterprises that want to shore up the cyber defences of their supply chain as well as companies of all sizes that want to strengthen their online resilience.

It is the first time that companies can take online control of the Cyber Essentials certification process, enabling them to make improvements to the safety and security of their digital assets.

Enterprise companies will have the ability to monitor in real-time the progress that their suppliers are making, en route to Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government scheme, supported by industry that was launched in 2014 to help organisations protect themselves against the most common cyber attacks.

Lord David Blunkett, former Home Secretary and chairman of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd, the team behind The Cyber Highway, said: “The UK Government has made significant progress. Government departments now require suppliers bidding for particular contracts to be Cyber Essentials certified and next month sees the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre. These are all steps in the right direction but we can and must go further, especially to assist many more companies to become certified.”

Lord Blunkett believes that post Brexit, the UK needs to actively maintain its position as a world-leader in cyber security. “Our partners and potential partners around the world should have complete confidence that we are taking all possible steps to ensure we are securing our economy as the place to do business. Positive differentiation in the UK will be positive for us and UK plc,” he said.

“It is more important than ever, post-Brexit, for businesses to hold an internationally accepted certification, as competition increases and an extra level of cyber resilience is required.

“That is why taking steps to secure our supply chain is critical. Critical economically, essential in terms of protecting the national infrastructure of the country, as well as the protection of our own personal data and information.”

The Cyber Highway helps defend the infrastructure of businesses with which larger enterprise companies trade, by helping to defeat up to 80 per cent of common online threats. It is able to handle large numbers of companies looking to achieve Cyber Essentials certification simultaneously, cost-effectively and with minimal external intervention.

CEO John Lyons said: “We have spent the last eighteen months designing a practical and helpful approach to help de-risk and secure otherwise vulnerable supply chains from cyber-attack.

“As The Cyber Highway is built around internationally recognised UK Government and GCHQ standards, enterprise companies have the confidence that the robustness of the cyber security in their supply chain is something they can trust. Furthermore, protective measures like this will help secure the critical national infrastructure.”

The Cyber Highway team is currently in the process of onboarding over 300 companies onto the platform, representing supply chain businesses in the retail and technology sectors. It has also signed-up a high street bank as a customer with the intention of rolling out CE Plus (CE+) certification across their businesses and supply chain.

Companies that gain CE certification through The Cyber Highway will have access to AIG’s CyberEdge range of cyber liability insurance cover at reduced rates.

Overseas governments are also in discussions with Cyber Essentials Direct to implement the Cyber Essentials programme in their own countries. CyberNB (Cyber New Brunswick), Canada’s first Provincial body to develop a comprehensive cyber security strategy, is evaluating The Cyber Highway.
John Lyons continued: “The global nature of the threat requires global solutions. By using The Cyber Highway to gain Cyber Essentials certification, we create a common cyber security standard that protects businesses wherever they trade.

“The Cyber Highway is an internationally relevant solution and a compelling offer for governments around the world looking to protect their business communities from cyber attack.”