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SGS expert Richard Skipsey will join a high profile list of government and industry figures speaking at the Cyber Essentials event in London on 24 June, 2014. The one day seminar has been organised to promote the government’s Cyber Essentials certification scheme which is designed to help companies ensure they can conduct business safely online.

Mr Skipsey’s presentation will focus on those controls in ISO 27001 (the information security management standard) which align with the Cyber Essentials controls and he will provide detail on some of the new controls in ISO 27001:2013 which could also have an impact.

He explains: “Cyber Essentials identifies the IT security controls (firewalls, secure configuration and access control, malware protection and patch management) that organisations must have in place to have confidence that they are mitigating the risk from internet-based threats. ISO 27001:2013 includes clauses designed to address all of the controls identified by Cyber Essentials. Therefore ISO 27001:2013 certified organisations will have a head-start when it comes to addressing the Cyber Essentials assurance framework. With ever increasing reliance on use of the Internet, and web-based threats making the news headlines on a regular basis, no organisation can afford to ignore this issue.

SGS, one of the sponsors of the event, is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

Mr Skipsey began his career in brewing science working for major global brands but has spent the last 15 years specialising in information security. He ensured FirstNet became one of the first ISPs to achieve BS 7799 (now ISO 27001) in 2002 and he has held various roles in risk management, and internal and external audit within financial services, telecoms and at one of the UK’s largest local authorities. He joined SGS is 2012 and his role includes coordinating the accreditation and training programme for revision of the relevant standards, including ISO 27001:2013. SGS has 133 ISO 27001 auditors based in 31 countries, all of whom have undertaken ISO 27001:2013 training.

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About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.

For more information, contact Lesley Pilbeam, Communications Manager, by email or  telephone on +44 (0)1276 697670