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The importance of cyber security for print and digital solutions

6 July 2017

Cyber Essentials Badge

Cyber security has been hitting the headlines like never before. The way that our data is being compromised by poor security seems to be in the news all the time. By accessing sensitive systems, a lack of good cyber security can end up influencing elections or even affecting the NHS. What these attacks highlight is just how vulnerable some major organisations can still be to cyber-attacks, not just the smaller ones.

Orion takes data security very seriously. In fact, due to the nature of our business, we take all forms of security – digital and physical – seriously on site. One of the steps that we’ve recently taken is to acquire our Cyber Essentials certification, which is a government-supported scheme backed by the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI, as well as insurance organisations. What this means is we’ve gone through the necessary steps to prove that we are being responsible with data – the kind of steps in particular that government suppliers are expected to have taken. This is in addition to the numerous accreditations we have already.

We take pride in many of the security features we use at Orion. We store virtual stock on behalf of our fulfilment clients in a secure data store. These are live codes and therefore need the maximum protection, similar to the live paper gift vouchers we physically store on site.  We will also be handling virtual products on behalf of our retail clients, where we use an API to download a code from the processor and add the relevant value. So we need cover for the time that this is in our environment before it passes to the customer.

Though naturally we can’t share too much, we do have isolated networks that cannot be accessed from wireless, mobile or even from laptops. There are numerous methods of authentication and the physical removal of data is prohibited too. Any data that we do have to transmit externally is encrypted to the highest of standards.

Hackers are always coming up with new ways of attempting to access data, therefore it’s essential that we keep ahead of the game to make sure we have the best protection available – which is why getting certifications ensure we’re doing what we can.

What does our Cyber Essentials certification actually mean for clients as well? Well, in reality this means that clients can still be confident that their products will be in safe hands. Not only that, but our customers can be assured that we’re proactively doing all that we can to stay ahead of the game.

This also means that if you’re seeking a safe company to look after your digital solutions, or just need peace of mind that your data will be secure with a third-party provider, then Orion is the partner of choice.