March Networks Attains Certification for Cybersecurity Best Practices

Cyber Essentials certification is awarded to organizations able to demonstrate good cybersecurity practices and an ability to mitigate risks from Internet-based threats.

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada — March Networks is among the first companies in Canada to earn certification under the Cyber Essentials Canada program, which aims to help protect vulnerable small- and medium-sized businesses nationwide from cyberattacks.

Developed as part of the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Programme, the Cyber Essentials certification is awarded to organizations able to demonstrate good cybersecurity practices and an ability to mitigate risks from Internet-based threats, according to the announcement.

These threat areas include firewalls, routers and other boundary security devices; Internet-connected email, web and application servers; desktop PCs and laptops; and cloud, Internet and other service providers.

In addition to helping organizations identify the required controls believed to shield companies from most common Internet threats, the Cyber Essentials Canada toolset is said to be an important asset for end-user organizations that want to proactively monitor and protect their supply chain.

March Networks states the certification is further affirmation of its holistic approach to security, from product development and source code management, to operational processes and customer data privacy. For example, the company operates a secure network operations center, conducts background checks on employees working with product code and has participated in extensive security audits with Fortune 500 customers.

Among other procedures, the provider of intelligent video surveillance solutions states it takes a proactive, transparent approach to identifying potential vulnerabilities in its products. The company’s security updates and advisories program involves regularly tracking US-CERT reports, conducting in-depth investigations when required, and quickly alerting customers and partners to any necessary software updates via email alerts and information posted directly on the March Networks website.

“As the video solutions provider of choice for many of the world’s enterprise organizations, including leading banks and credit unions, March Networks has always taken a responsible approach to our security policies and practices,” says Peter Strom, president and CEO, March Networks. “Achieving this Cyber Essentials certification, which is already well recognized in the U.K., provides our customers with yet another assurance of our cybersecure standards.”

Cyber Essentials was created in collaboration with industry partners in the U.K., including the Information Security Forum (ISF), and the British Standards Institution (BSI), and is endorsed by the U.K. government. CyberNB, a special operating agency of Opportunities New Brunswick, recently brought the program to Canada, where it is expected to be a major requirement to win business in both public and private sectors in the future.

“Business today is largely conducted online, and every organization has a critical responsibility to protect its business data,” says Stephen Lund, CEO of Opportunities New Brunswick. “We are delighted to extend this certification to March Networks, in recognition of the security controls and best practices the company has in place within its IT systems to address cybersecurity effectively and mitigate Internet-based threats.”

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