Uni gains Cyber Essentials

by Mark Rowe

The University of Derby’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Department has been awarded the first Cyber Essentials badge in the UK education sector. Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported scheme that helps organisations to protect themselves against common cyber-attacks. The Government has worked with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprise (IASME) Consortium, and the Information Security Forum (ISF) to develop the scheme.

To gain the accreditation, the uni completed an assessment of its IT infrastructure, information security messages and, management policies and procedures. This was reviewed by IASME.

Derby’s Director of IT Services, Neil Williams, said: “This is a great achievement for the University of Derby and a very clear acknowledgement that we are recognised for excellence in the technology and services we deliver to our students, staff and partners.”

Dr Emma Philpott, CEO at IASME Consortium Ltd congratulated Derby, adding: “This is fantastic news – the University of Derby is the first academic organisation to have achieved the Cyber Essentials badge. Derby should be extremely proud.” Since October 1, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts.

For more about the University of Derby’s IT Services visit and for more about Cyber Essentials go to

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