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SSE Enterprise Telecoms and CNS Group finalists at UK IT Industry Awards

by Giulia Foss | 13 Nov 2017

ctgukitia17-logo-01London — 13th November 2017 – CNS Group, one of the country’s leading cyber security consultancies, today announced they have been shortlisted for a UK IT Industry Award. The joint award for ‘Cybersecurity Project of the Year’, is in conjunction with client’s SSE Enterprise Telecoms, the UK’s leading telecoms network provider.

Hailed as the benchmark for outstanding performance throughout the UK computing industry, the UK IT Industry Awards recognises the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in their use, development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months.

Recognising excellence

The award shortlist recognises a collaborative project that saw CNS Group work with SSE Enterprise Telecoms to gain CAS(T) certification and Cyber Essentials Plus, in just over six months. The government-grade accreditation means the extensive SSE Enterprise Telecoms network is recognised as being built, operated and managed to handle data classified as OFFICIAL by HM Government, meeting the high, mandatory levels of availability (99.95%) outlined by government requirements. The accreditations demonstrate SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ continued dedication, to bringing the best class of service and security to their customer base.

The (not so long) journey to CAS (T) accreditation

SSE Enterprise Telecoms operate a 13,700km private telecoms network as well as15 data centres that span the UK. Due to their breadth, meeting the rigorous compliance standards within a 6-month window was ambitious.

CNS CEO Shannon Simpson explained ‘CNS Group’s goal when going into these or any projects is about looking at things holistically. The process has to be immersive and centre around helping our clients realise their strategic goals, be that increasing commercial resilience, scope, revenue, protecting brand value and providing assurance to stakeholders. At the heart of all of this, our ultimate objective as cyber security experts, is to mitigate our client’s risk and do it within the time frames they need us to.’

Simpson went on to say “We’re honoured to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. CNS was thrilled to assist SSE Enterprise Telecoms on their journey to achieving CAS(T) and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. As an agile company working within the cyber security space for more than 20 years we were perfectly positioned to deliver what SSE Enterprise Telecoms required.’

Offering government level assurance

Obtaining accreditation means SSE Enterprise Telecoms can now tender for previously out-of-reach Government contracts as well as give its corporate clients added assurance to an already robust service.

Dave Eddy, Director of Operations at SSE Enterprise Telecoms said “To achieve CAS(T) & Cyber Essentials Plus in just over six months was an exceptional achievement and it could not have happened without the immense input from CNS and our technical teams. The fact that we have been shortlisted for an IT Industry Award is recognition of the work put in from both parties.’

The UK IT Industry Awards winner will be announced on Wednesday 15th November.

About CNS

CNS are an entirely UK based company of Cyber Security Specialists, who have been operating within the Public and Private sectors for nearly 20 years, providing advisory, testing and security solutions, meeting multiple standards of accreditation and providing dedicated government accredited Cyber Security services.

About SSE Enterprise Telecoms

SSE Enterprise Telecoms is one of the UK’s leading network providers. Supported by an outstanding national infrastructure, which includes a 13,700km private telecoms network and 15 co-location sites across the UK.

You can count on us to provide a competitive range of leading edge Carrier Ethernet, Cloud Connect, Optical networking and co-location services.

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