On 17 February the Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) will launch a new certification scheme for cyber security companies. Developed in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI), two separate awards will seek to recognise providers who have developed innovative solutions that meet recognised cyber security threats.
The scheme has been designed to help SMEs make informed decisions when choosing a vendor to meet their specific needs and will create a list of independently assessed and trusted providers, available through the PDSC website.
The ‘Digital Security Innovator’ certificate is aimed at start-ups who are seeking an independent assessment of their product or service, including concepts of design. This can help them secure funding from investors or support an application for one of the industry-backed incubator programmes.
The certificate is aimed at more established cyber companies. Successful applicants must demonstrate that their products or services meet recognised industry standards. Successful applicants for both certificates will be awarded a police/BSI certificate for 12 months.
The awards aren’t just about the product or service. From the experience of working with thousands of SMEs over the past few years, trust is essential in building relationships with vendors that keep SMEs safe from the most common types of cyber-crime. Therefore, in addition to reference checks, the PDSC require all customer-facing staff to undergo police vetting.
PDSC and BSI will formally launch the scheme on 17th February at the techUK offices in London. Representatives from PDSC and BSI will be there to talk about the scheme in more detail together with some of the early adopters of the scheme who will explain why they believe it can help SMEs make more informed choices about their cyber security provider.
About the PDSC…
The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) evolved from the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC), which was set up in 2015 by the Mayors’ Office for Policing and Crime in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police to help small and medium sized organisations across the capital reduce their vulnerability to cyber-crime. LDSC became the PDSC in 2019 and works across the whole of the UK in partnership with industry, government, academia and law enforcement.
PDSC has a simple vision – to reduce the vulnerability of organisations to cyber-crime. It does this through its award-winning community outreach programme and certification schemes – all designed to start SMEs on the journey to better cyber security.