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Information Assurance for SMEs

The launch of a right sized security standard for smaller businesses

Small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which comprise half of the private sector turnover in the UK1 are expected to protect their business information, your private data, and satisfy the regulatory authorities and their supply chain partners. On-line crime and the wrong business continuity gambles are sending them on a roller coaster ride through recession and recovery and many haven’t got a safety bar.

IASME is the information security certification scheme for small businesses which has been designed and piloted for its achievability. We're confident that it is both rigorous and relevant and fully meets the needs identified in the recent report from the Information Commissioners Office when good practice not only represents mitigating action to protect against fines, it protects the reputation of the business and engages the trust of the customers.

Until now, the badge of security, ISO/IEC 27001 (born as BS 7799) has been largely out of reach for the SMEs. Now a Technology Strategy Board supported programme is being launched as a national service to SMEs to give them a metaphorical leg up the security ladder and credit for their efforts. The programme has undergone a years’ development and trial with businesses in the West Midlands and is now available UK-wide. The National Computing Centre and the Business School of the University of Worcester have been joined by information security experts from the public and private sectors to define and roll out this programme to protect UK plc.

The programme is built on the infrastructure of The National Computing Centre’s highly success IT Department Accreditation with a process built on validated self-assessment and business improvement. A network of assessors gives the careful balance of affordable advice and independently moderated certification that customers can trust and the business can apply pragmatically.

The launch of will be on 11 April at the University of Worcester, City Campus with a breakfast seminar 8.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. followed by the Conference launch from 10.15 a.m. (concluding with lunch). We would be thrilled if you would take part in what we consider to be an important economic and social development.

For more information please contact or reserve your place now with Joanne Comber at the University of Worcester, WBS, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ. Tel.: 01905 855019 or e-mail:

1 Department for Business Innovation and Skills, October 2010

NCC Weekly News 17 January 2011



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