UofG awarded enhanced Cyber Essentials Plus certification

Issued: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:03:00 GMT

In November 2018 the University of Glasgow was awarded Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification for Standard Staff Desktop 10 (SSD 10).

We are one of the first universities to gain the enhanced CE+ certification.

If you are using an SSD 10 desktop PC or laptop, and saving your files on central filestore, you can specify on grant applications that you are covered by CE+ certification.

What is Cyber Essentials?

This Government-supported scheme was designed to help organisations keep their systems and data safe, and protect themselves against security breaches.

Our CE+ certification confirms that SSD 10 meets standards for:

  • Secure configuration
  • Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
  • Access control and administrative privilege management
  • Patch management
  • Malware protection

Good IT security is increasingly important, not just because it protects our systems and data: some funding organisations now make it a requirement when they consider allocating research grants.
Developed by the Government and industry, CE and CE+ certification is held by an increasing number of organisations who want to demonstrate to customers and external companies that they are taking essential precautions with their IT security.

How does this help me?

Increasingly, funding bodies and organisations are seeking assurance that the IT systems of those applying for research grants are compliant with security standards. Quoting the University's accreditation is a useful way of providing this assurance and of enhancing your bid, so you can access funding and/or confidential data sets.