A total of 124 companies and organisations have been awarded the government's Cyber Essentials badge since the scheme was introduced in June.
The accreditation was launched by former universities and science minister David Willetts as a way to enable organisations handling sensitive and personal data to demonstrate that they are secure and trustworthy.
“Developing this new scheme will give consumers further confidence that business and government have defences in place to protect against the most common cyber threats," he said at the time.
Key security measures such as boundary firewalls and internet gateways, secure configuration, access control, malware protection and patch management are required to be awarded the certification.
Furthermore, any organisation bidding for public sector contracts that involve personal and sensitive information must have the Cyber Essentials certificate.
The government has now revealed that 124 organisations have been awarded the certification, including Barclays, Vodafone and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
The number was revealed in the government’s third annual UK Cyber Security Strategy report.
The document also reveals that thousands of people have read the documents and that the government hopes many more will soon be accredited.
“The scheme has generated significant interest, with over 30,000 views of the summary and associated documents. Many [organisations] are expressing support and the desire to encourage companies in their supply chains to use it.”
John Cridland, director general of the CBI, said in the report that achieving the accreditation allows the organisation to demonstrate the importance of cyber security to the business sector as a whole.
"Increasing awareness of the cyber security threat to business is an important issue to the CBI, so we are pleased to be one of the first organisations to take part in the Cyber Essentials scheme,” he said.
“Business leaders will benefit from the access to helpful and authoritative cyber security guidance.
"Encouraging firms to adopt this scheme is a positive step towards greater awareness of cyber security and more widespread action to manage the risks.”
V3 contacted the Cabinet Office for more information on other organisations that had received the Cyber Essentials badge, but had not received any information at the time of publication.
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