Wilsons Auctions retains Cyber Essentials Plus Certification

Wilsons Auctions has successfully retained its Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation following a recent audit, having been awarded a Certificate of Assurance.

The assessment acknowledges that Wilsons Auctions has taken a further level of assurance of its technical and procedural controls, set in place to improve its information security in order to mitigate common internet-borne cyber-attacks.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported scheme and Cyber Essentials Plus is the highest level of certification offered under the scheme, following more rigorous testing of a company’s cyber security systems and conducted by an independent certification body.

Wilsons Auctions has significantly expanded its online auction presence in recent years and never more so than over the past 10 months, not only through its LiveBid auction facility, but through its bespoke online web platform as well as the introduction of the cryptocurrency auctions.

Speaking of the accreditation, Wilsons Auctions’ Group Operations Director, Peter Johnston said, “In a year that has mostly seen our business focus solely on online auctions, this is especially significant to have achieved this accreditation to show we are giving our best effort to protecting the cyber security of not only the company but our clients and customers.

“We have seen considerable growth in our government clients and with the introduction of our world-first cryptocurrency auctions in recent years, this has contributed to the increase of our auctions reaching over 2,600 annually, all of which take place online. This makes us a vulnerable target for cyber-attacks, so it is imperative that we continue to show best practice in cyber security.

“I would like to thank our Information Security Officer and the team who have worked hard for the company to achieve this accreditation, ensuring the protection of clients and customers remains a top priority,” he concluded.