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Certificate awarded to Responsible Cyber upon successful fulfilment of the criteria of the CSA Cyber Security Essentials Mark assessment

Certificate awarded to Responsible Cyber upon successful fulfilment of the criteria of the CSA Cyber Security Essentials Mark assessment

For many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), limited budget and resources make purchasing a suite of next-gen cyber security tools (as large enterprises typically do) a luxury.
What SMEs can have in their arsenal, however, is a cost-effective baseline of security measures, outlined in a straightforward and proven framework, which they can readily implement to deter opportunistic cyber criminals with fairly basic equipment and not a whole lot of technical skills.
This is where the Cyber Essentials mark comes into play.

SINGAPORE, September 4 — Singaporean cyber security
start-up Responsible Cyber signed itself up for a cyber security audit that
would grant a third-party the information it needs to ascertain whether the organisation
is indeed equipped to protect itself (and therefore its clients, and its
clients’ clients) in the digital domain.

When asked why they did it, the co-founder
and Managing Director Dr Magda Chelly had this to say, “We cannot in good
conscience encourage other businesses to undertake rigorous cyber security
audits while not subjecting our own people, processes and technology to the
same scrutiny.”

“We wanted to demonstrate that adopting
cyber security best practices can be done without necessarily breaking the bank
or stretching resources thin, and I think we did just that.” she added.

Upon successfully passing the audit conducted
by one of CSA’s appointed certification bodies, Responsible Cyber was awarded the
Cyber Essentials mark, a cyber security certification introduced by the Cyber
Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) in 2022 as part of the SG Cyber Safe

Frequent news of data breaches has fuelled
apprehension surrounding the security of personal data, prompting the demand
for heightened cyber security measures by businesses – and small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) are no exception.

SMEs may not have the luxury of a dedicated
IT security team, nor the ability to invest in robust cyber security measures
and tools, but there is hope yet, says Project and Compliance Manager Wayne Yan
who described the exercise as “fairly straightforward with ample guidance”.

“We reviewed our existing policies against the checklist that was
provided, and ensured that all required security controls were implemented and
reflected in our policies.”

For organisations that require additional
help, CSA has also made tailored cyber security toolkits freely available for
download on their official website.

As the name suggests, the Cyber Essentials
mark serves to distinguish organisations that have built a minimum level of
security into their operations. It provides a baseline from which organisations
can start to reduce their exposure to common cyber threats and vulnerabilities,
but it is far from a guarantee of protection against emerging threats.

“Safeguarding against threats is a
continuous journey, requiring constant vigilance and adaptation. We are
committed to the protection of the data with which we have been entrusted. We
hope that this sentiment gets reflected to our clients and that more cyber
security companies will take the opportunity to set the tone,” said Dr Chelly.

Every business – whether a small
organisation embarking on its digital journey or a large multi-national
corporation with digitalised business functions – needs to play its part.

Co-founder Mikko Laaksonen has added that they
would be gearing up for the Cyber Trust mark certification next, where
assessments will be even more rigorous, encompassing document review and
verification, as well as an evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness. — Responsible Cyber

Responsible Cyber Pte. Ltd is a Singapore-based cybersecurity and risk management start-up established in 2016 by industry veterans Magda Chelly and Mikko Laaksonen. Today, the company has a presence in the UK, France and Poland. Its corporate shareholders include Singtel Innov8 and NUS Enterprise. The company stands at the forefront of cyber security innovation with the introduction of two pioneering AI-powered products: IMMUNE X-TPRM and IMMUNE GRC.

IMMUNE X-TPRM is our answer to modern third-party risk management challenges. On the other hand, IMMUNE GRC is designed to streamline governance, risk, and compliance processes.

To learn more about Responsible Cyber, visit

Magda Chelly

This press release has also been published on VRITIMES

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