Coolair Equipment has achieved an industry milestone with new data protection rules on the horizon, being awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification.
The Government accreditation shows that Coolair’s IT systems provide the highest levels of protection against cyber threats and are helping to keep the building services environment safe to do business.
The company, which provides tailored cooling and heating services to the retail, residential, commercial, education and hotel sectors from offices in Manchester, the Midlands and Kent, achieved the kitemark-style award with the support of its long-standing IT support partner, ACR IT Solutions.
Tony Burrisson, managing director of ACR, said: “Having the certificate clearly demonstrates to clients across its business sectors that Coolair takes safeguarding commercially sensitive data extremely seriously and that it manages its business processes in a secure environment.”
ACR, a leading security specialists, worked with Coolair to ensure that the controls in place for all data, documents and devices meet the more robust requirements of the higher Plus certification. This involved vulnerability testing by a fully qualified independent assessor.
Mr Burrisson added: “Certification has also enabled Coolair to put itself ahead of the curve in complying with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force on May 25 2018. This will widen the scope of what is meant by personal data and the consequences of a data breach.”
Helen Sharratt, finance director for Coolair, said: “We are delighted to have become the first company in our field to be awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification, which highlights our commitment to ensuring the security of our information systems and providing excellent customer service. We are not only prepared for the requirements of GDPR, but able to satisfy tenders that are likely to include having the accreditation as a requirement.”
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