The pilot launch of the UK's first police-backed digital certification scheme was announced last week by the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) in partnership with Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative.

Supported by The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), alongside The Metropolitan and City of London Police, the two-part certification scheme aims to help British businesses navigate the complexity of cyber security by building on the government Cyber Essentials scheme.

The certification scheme is divided into two awards. The first award, Secured by Design – Police Preferred Specification, will assess and verify cyber-security suppliers to ensure supply chains are resilient. 

The second award, Digitally Aware – Secured By Design, is an educational initiative designed to help SBD members improve their protection against cyber-crime. Using a risk assessment tool and an award scheme, the LDSC will educate members on implementing basic measures and promoting good security within their organisations.

Guy Ferguson, chief executive officer at Secured by Design, commented in a press statement: “Police Crime Prevention Initiatives have always responded to developing and emerging crime patterns with innovation and creativity. We are delighted to be working closely with the London Digital Security Centre to develop new techniques that will better support people and businesses online.”

“Almost half of small businesses in the UK have been the victims of cyber crime in the past 12 months, yet the overwhelming majority of cyber-attacks can be prevented using simple measures,” added Chris Diogenous, chief commercial officer at the LDSC. “For the first time, UK businesses can demonstrate that they have taken the necessary measures to protect the data they hold and reduce their overall vulnerability to cyber-crime.”

The first award will launch with seven early adopters – Blockphish, CyberSmart, the IASME Consortium Ltd, SecurityScorecard, Titania, Xcina, and Yoti Ltd – who will receive police preferred status if standards and behaviours are met.

“Joining the scheme will allow us to promote good cyber practice to a wider audience, helping protect even more organisations against an ever-increasing modern day threat,” commented Emma Philpott, CEO at the IASME Consortium Ltd.

To find out more, contact Chris Diogenous, or Simon Newman