Cyber security - a top priority for HB&O

4th March 2020

With increased vulnerabilities around sensitive corporate data and ever sophisticated ways of criminals infiltrating organisations, cyber security remains a top priority for us.

Cyber Essentials Screen

HB&O was one of the first accountancy firms in the region to achieve ‘Cyber Essentials’ certification back in July 2016, gaining recertification year on year since. The certification proves that we take cyber security seriously, as we assure our clients and third parties that there is protection in place from the most prevalent forms of threats, with staff throughout the organisation receiving ongoing annual training.

The firm’s GDPR compliance training framework portal ‘Cyber Essentials’ included training on assessing business risks, training staff, dealing with incidents and handling operational issues.

Prior to GDPR enforcement in May 2018, HB&O also gained the ‘Information Assurance for Small & Medium sized Enterprises (IASME) Standard’.  This demonstrates that HB&O has a wider governance system for the management of protecting personal data. 

We're excited to announce that we have once again recertified our IASME accreditation for 2020!

HB&O’s Practice Manager Sue Jackson said “ We take cyber security, protecting our business and our client data, as well as mitigating associated risks, extremely seriously at HB&O.  To obtain our stringent level of security has been the result of a lot of hard work across the business, with the support and guidance of Helen Barge - Managing Director and Lead Consultant at Risk Evolves, a risk management and cyber security consultancy company”

The protection of personal data is of the utmost priority for HB&O, so it's essential the firm continues to attain independent validation of its IT infrastructure, policies and procedures, as well as an ongoing training policy for all staff.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of HB&O's cyber security, contact To gain advice on your own security, please contact Helen Barge at Risk Evolves.