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The following is a list of helpful sources of information about security. They do not reflect any form of endorsement but may provide information or services that you may find useful. This is not an exhaustive list and you should research companies and products carefully before buying goods or services.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has very useful general advice on security, with further references for greater detail at the BIS Information security pages.

They are also developing an interactive e-learning package on security awareness which aims to be both practical and appealing. Please visit

Getsafeonline, which is sponsored by HM government and business, has more advice for small businesses about being safe online.

You can also find information about the UK’s first ever quality award scheme that makes sure off-the-shelf IT security products do what they say on the label at
the CCTM Awards (CCTM is the CESG Claims Tested Mark.The CESG being the Communications Electronic Security Group; the Information Assurance arm of GCHQ)

Microsoft Technet brings out regular security updates for software and a newsletter with information about the latest scams or threats and how to avoid them.

There is an international standard for information security management, ISO 27001. This takes an information security management system approach which makes sure that security is maintained on a continuous basis.

A further contact is the British Standards Institute (BSI)

389 Chiswick High Road
London W4 4AL
Phone: 0208 995 7799
Fax: 0208 996 6411

If you need any more information about this or any other aspect of data protection and the Data Protection Act, please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane 
Cheshire SK9 5AF
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Tel: 0303 123 1113
Fax: 01625 524510

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