Barclays receives Cyber Essentials certification for digital banking

News by Doug Drinkwater

Barclays bank has announced that it has received the UK government's Cyber Essentials certification for its digital banking services, including MyBarclays, BMB and Pingit.

The bank received the certification from Gotham Digital Science (GDS), which is accredited by CREST to carry out Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certification services, after completing the Cyber Essentials questionnaire and being subjected to an external perimeter vulnerability scan.

“We identified this new government scheme as an important part of our plans to help customers in the digital age transact completely safely and securely.” said Philip Sowter, mobile banking director at Barclays.

“We are pleased to be involved with the scheme and to have been recognised by the Cyber Essentials Certification. We are working with GDS towards the Cyber Essentials Plus certification.”

The Cyber Essentials Scheme is part of the UK Government's National Cyber Security Strategy and aims to offer a step-by-step framework on five key controls; access control, boundary firewalls and internet gateways, malware protection, patch management and secure configuration.

“The Cyber Essentials scheme is unique because it has been developed as a collaboration between the UK government and the very best cyber security professionals in the UK,” said Ian Glover, President of CREST.

“These professionals utilised their years of experience and invested their own time to extract the security standards that should be applied to all businesses, regardless of size.”

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