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Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation

A national cyber-security award has been granted to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) Critical Control Centre - one of only a handful of Fire and Rescue Services in the country to have achieved the mark.

The award of the Cyber Essentials Plus certification was verified independently by Aristi (external accreditor) in September 2019 and recognises the steps both the Service and Cornwall Council Information Services have taken to protect the organisation against cyber threats.

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In order to pass the certification, our Critical Control Centre needed to meet all of the following 5 requirements:

  • Firewalls
  • Secure Configuration
  • User Access Controls
  • Malware Protection
  • Patch Management

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. It’s run in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Centre. Although CFRS have not received the full report back from Aristi yet, the award was officially announced after the final assessment which took place on 9th September 2019.

This outcome is a testament between CFRS and Cornwall Council Information Services working closely to address all the vulnerabilities, gaps and putting in place the appropriate controls to achieve the desired outcome in helping combat Cyber Crime.