Vaylia highlight Digitally Aware accreditation

Secured by Design (SBD) member company Vaylia are highlighting their achievement in achieving the Police Digital Security Centre’s Digitally Aware accreditation, which demonstrates to Vaylia’s customers, staff and suppliers how important the security of their information is to the business.

Chris Plimley, Chief Commercial officer of Vaylia, said: “Unfortunately cyber crime is on the increase and even more so during the current COVID 19 pandemic. We must therefore all do as much as possible to protect ourselves and businesses from the criminal fraternity. The Police Digital Security Centre’s Digitally Aware accreditation helps to identify any gaps in your infrastructure and processes so that they can be addressed before you become another statistic.”

Michelle Kradolfer, Cyber Development Officer at the PDSC, said: “In these unprecedented times, it is crucial that businesses are taking the time to review their vulnerability to common types of cyber crimes, understand their exposure to risk and put in place simple control measures to improve their own resilience.

“We are delighted to see that businesses such as Banham Security have taken active steps to complete and successfully obtain our Digitally Aware certificate, demonstrating to their customers, employees and stakeholders that they take their cyber security seriously. We hope that other businesses will take note of this achievement and follow in Banham Security’s footsteps in helping to keep UK SMEs cyber secure.”

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With 65,000 cyber security attacks on UK SMEs daily, and 41% of UK consumers claiming they will never return to a business that has had a security breach, investing in cyber security has never been more important.

The Police Digital Security Centre’s (PDSC) Digitally Aware certification scheme, designed in collaboration with BSI (the British Standards Institute), recognises those businesses who have made the first step towards better cyber security.

The Digitally Aware certification – which is being offered FREE to SBD member companies - can be completed through a simple online assessment tool in just 15 minutes. The assessment helps test the resilience of the business to the most common types of cyber crime.

Businesses are provided with a tailored report based on the assessment, which contains specific recommendations of action in accordance with the latest Government and police guidance, with those who achieve the Digitally Aware accreditation receiving a certificate valid for 12 months.

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Capable of working on projects of all sizes up to the largest in the UK and internationally, Vaylia’s services range from consulting and specification through to installation, testing and sign off. This means it can design and build security projects, including those with the highest profile, and hand them over as operationally ready.

Working with product manufacturers and service providers, Vaylia use its risk management and physical security experience to bring together measures and processes that are unique and creative to offer protection tested to recognised standards. This includes CCTV and video analytics, RADAR, access control, electric fencing and perimeter intrusion detection and hostile vehicle mitigation.

The company is also a registered supplier on Achilles UVDB construction industry accreditation and risk management scheme, which helps utility companies assess suppliers to ensure they meet industry requirements.

Having worked with Governments, Police Forces and military agencies around their world, their senior management team has been involved with:

- G8 Summit Northern Ireland
- Nuclear Security Summit Holland
- UK party conferences
- Oil and gas installations
- Cash handling and data centres
- Transport Infrastructure
- Prisons in UK and France
- Space rocket launch sites
- Commonwealth Games Glasgow
- London Olympic Games

Vaylia has a range of products that meet SBD’s Police Preferred Specification include building shell, glazing, grilles and shutters, doors and physical perimeter security including bollards, planters and seat frames. They also promise more to come. Visit:

The PDSC is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, a police-owned, not-for-profit organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention initiatives to reduce crime, as well as acting as a catalyst to bring together public and private sector organisations to create safer communities.

As well as law enforcement, the PDSC works in partnership with industry, government and academia in support of the Government’s ambition to make the UK one of the safest places to do business online.

The PDSC is focused on helping SMEs reduce their vulnerability to cyber-crime and fraud by raising awareness about the most common types of cyber-crime and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves. All advice and guidance is consistent with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

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