LAW firm Ward Hadaway has secured a valuable seal of approval for the safety of its IT systems and processes.
The firm, which has offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, has achieved the Government-backed Cyber Essentials Plus.
The exercise saw the UK Top 100 law firm’s IT team working intensively with IT company Pulsant to prepare Ward Hadaway’s systems to ensure they passed the rigorous inspection and were awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation by accreditation body IASME.
Ward Hadaway is now one of just a handful of law firms across the UK to achieve Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.
David Bullock, IT director at Ward Hadaway, said: “Cyber Essentials Plus is a high standard of accreditation when it comes to Government-approved cyber security measures so we are delighted to have achieved the standard.
“This is a tremendous achievement by everyone involved and securing Cyber Essentials Plus will make a major difference both to the staff who work at Ward Hadaway and to our clients.
“It ensures that as a firm we can continue to bid for work from an increasing list of Government and public sector organisations whose suppliers must have Cyber Essentials Plus.
“It also gives additional peace of mind to all our clients that we are doing what we can to help ensure that their information, interests and data are being kept secure.”
Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “David and the IT team at Ward Hadaway deserve a huge amount of credit for the way they have achieved this important accreditation for the firm.
“Our aim as a law firm is to always provide the very best in client service and securing Cyber Essentials Plus is very much a part of that.
“Protecting data, information and IT systems is a vital part of being a law firm in the 21st century.”
Cyber Essentials Plus is the latest accreditation which Ward Hadaway has secured for its work in protecting its systems and client data.
Since 2015, the firm has had ISO 27001 certification for information security management.
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for an information security management system which takes in all aspects of security from IT systems to physical security.