Third Cyber Essentials accreditation body authorised

QG Management Standards has become the third company authorised as an accreditation body for the government's Cyber Essentials information security certification scheme, working alongside existing accrediting bodies CREST and IASME.

Brian Lightowler, QG Management Standards managing director told press: “Our philosophy is to identify supply chains where trust, reliability and traceability are key, promote the benefits through the supply chain, then deliver the standards to the benefit of all. We believe that the Cyber Essentials scheme adds significant value to our model and vice versa.”

The first certification body to be approved by QG Management Standards is based, like QG itself, in the North West of England. Called Indelible Data, the information security company's managing director, Tony Wilson, issued a statement saying: "It's an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to demonstrate to clients that protecting data is being taken seriously. It will give them a competitive edge. Protecting data is more important than ever and failure to do so could ruin reputations and wreck businesses."

From 1 October 2014, government will require all suppliers bidding for certain personal and sensitive information-handling contracts to be Cyber Essentials certified, ensuring a consistent approved level of security has been attained.