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Cybercrime is increasingly causing disruption and worse to the members of the UK200Group.  In response, the UK200Group’s Digitalisation Taskforce is undertaking measures to keep members as secure as possible in line with latest regulatory guidance and best practice.

Following careful assessment by the Taskforce, the UK200Group has agreed an arrangement with The IASME Consortium.  Although the deal with IASME centres on a discount on Cyber Essentials, it is also part of a composite solution to help members prepare for the data security aspects of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Jeremy Gardner, Managing Partner of Roffe Swayne who leads on cybercrime for the Taskforce said; ‘I am delighted that we have chosen IASME as our preferred provider of Cyber-Essentials.  IASME’s solution will also assist our members in the taking of practical steps to comply with the data security aspects of the GDPR which takes effect from next May.  There’s still time to prepare but firms must act now to make sure they are compliant and ready’.

Joanne Henderson, Partner at Myerson, who leads on GDPR for the Taskforce said; ‘We are setting up a GDPR Forum to ensure that our members have access to a composite solution around GDPR which will include support from IASME but also legal advice through participating UK200Group member firms. We will communicate more about this very soon’.

Declan Swan, CEO of the UK200Group said; ‘Cyber Essentials is a government backed certification which demonstrates that a business has put in place measures to protect themselves against internet cyber threats. The fact that it will contribute to GDPR compliance cannot be ignored. So, we are very pleased to have found a group-level solution for our members. This is a good example of what the Group can do to lever advantages for members firms’.

UK200Group is the UK’s leading association of independent chartered accountancy and law firms, with connections around the world. The association brings together around 150 member offices in the UK with more than 500 partners who represent c150,000 SME business clients and with international links in nearly 70 countries.  The new GDPR Forum will be held by teleconference on the 24 November 2017 and is open to all UK200Group member firms.

IASME is one of just five companies appointed as Accreditation Bodies for assessing and certifying against the Government's Cyber Essentials Scheme. The Scheme focuses on the five most important technical security controls. These controls were identified by the government as those that, if they had been in place, would have stopped the majority of the successful cyber-attacks over the last few years.

Watch this space for further details on this package or, please contact if you’d like to go straight for this option.  Please advise Chris that you are a UK200Group member.

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