A county council in Wales, Merthyr Tydfil, is the country’s first local authority to make cyber resilience a must-have for all businesses it tenders with.
Partnering with the Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales (WCRC), it is now asking organizations that tender for goods, services or works to, or for, the council to have Cyber Essentials or a minimum of WCRC Core Membership as an effective and simple way to ensure they are protected from common cyber-attacks.
“We have been promoting cyber resilience for a long time with the businesses we use as part of our procurement process but there is a definite feeling of reluctance to take this on board, which I think comes from the mindset that a cyber-attack just won’t happen to them. Yet, this is quite the opposite and by ensuring we practice this level of cyber security, we are protecting our own supply chain …” said Ryan James, Corporate Information Security Officer for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.
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