A cyber security company formed 10 years ago by ex-military personnel, is just one of 12 in the UK that has been certified by the government’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
C3IA underwent a rigorous process to gain accreditation by the organisation, which is the public-facing part of GCHQ, the government’s spy listening hub.
The NCSC says that C3IA provides ‘cyber security services’, which meet its ‘demanding standards.’
C31A has worked extensively with the Ministry of Defence and other government agencies, but recently has expanded into the commercial sector.
Director Matt Horan said: “To be certified required the government to carry out due diligence and rigorous checks, and there followed a demanding two-hour interview by GCHQ technical directors.
“Certification is important for our government work and also gives a great deal of reassurance to our commercial clients.”
He added, “Often we find that a business has been hacked and doesn’t even know about it and is actually losing money.
“Regularly we are brought in by companies that have lost five figure sums.
“Our work is about identifying risks and putting a plan in place to mitigate those risks. It is a team effort and we use highly skilled and experienced specialists.
“Clients understand that our service has the potential to save them a huge amount of time, money and professional embarrassment.
“Not only do we look at businesses’ cyber and digital security, but their physical, personal and procedural security as well.”
The government is encouraging all firms to enhance their cyber security. Its own research showed that 70 per cent of all attacks were in the form of viruses, spyware and malware.
It also revealed that two-thirds of all large businesses had been attacked within the last year.
Cyber security incidents cost UK firms £34.1 billion in the past year, according to a survey by business internet service provider Beaming.