The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the global body for professional accountants is pleased to offer members government-accredited cyber protection services following the announcement of a new strategic partnership with CyberSmart at last weeks Ethical Accounting Conference.

The strategic partnership will be primarily focused at small and medium-sized businesses, operating with no specialist security or compliance teams. CyberSmart will look to work closely with AIA accountants across the UK to ensure their own peace of mind and to reassure their customers that their data is being adequately protected. 

Upon launching the agreement, Phil Sorrell, Head of Corporate Partnerships at CyberSmart, said: “The intensity and frequency of cyber-attacks continue to increase, with the cost to the UK economy over £35bn annually. The latest research from the Government Department of Culture Media and Sport shows that a third of businesses suffered some kind of security breach last year and it’s not just the larger enterprises that are exposed. With increasing data protection legislation and GDPR penalties, many business owners face an onerous challenge. Our mission for this partnership is to prevent these breaches, simplify compliance and to help AIA members SMEs protect their customers’ data and brand reputation.” 

CyberSmart was born out of the GCHQ accelerator and now protects thousands of customers users. It provides a simple platform that, without any security or compliance knowledge, implements and maintains recognised Government security standards which are proven to mitigate 99.3%* of cyber-attacks. Now, for the first time using an automated process, CyberSmart allows companies to check, fix, certify and protect their organisation from cyber-attack - within minutes instead of months. 

Sharon Gorman, Director of Development at AIA, added: “AIA is delighted to be working in partnership with CyberSmart to provide AIA members with a cost-effective tool in which to protect their businesses against the most common cyber threats, whilst also providing an easy path to enable members to attain Cyber Essentials certification and GDPR compliance.” 

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*Statistics provided by the University of Lancaster