Barclays first major firm to gain cyber security certificate

Barclays bank has become the first major to company to gain the government’s cyber security certificate for digital banking services after independent tests of their services.

© Dick Johnson (CC BY 2.0) Cropped

© Dick Johnson (CC BY 2.0). Cropped.

The status is part of the government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme, offered to organisations if they show and pass certain requirements as a business. It aims to provide a statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk of internet-based threats, and to demonstrate to customers and investors that the company has taken precautions to protect themselves.

Until now, there has been no such recognised cyber security certification assurance for all businesses to adopt.

Barclays Online Banking and Mobile Banking have previously been awarded BSI ISO27001 security certification, in relation to customer access and payment transitions.

They also offer an award-winning PINsentry device and free security software to customers to help them feel at ease with using Barclays’ online services.

Philip Sowter, director of  mobile banking at Barclays, told Computer Weekly: “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.”

For more information about the Cyber Essentials Scheme, see the government website.

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