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Context joins ASSURE

Context Information Security (www.contextis.com/en/) has become one of the first companies to be accredited for the new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ASSURE scheme, part of the CAA’s Cyber Security Oversight Strategy for the UK aviation sector.

Supported by partner, Frazer-Nash Consultancy (
www.fnc.co.uk/), Context is one a small number of specialist companies that can conduct ASSURE cyber security audits of aviation organizations on behalf of the CAA.

Context has been accredited by the CAA and CREST (
www.crest-approved.org/), the not-for-profit body that represents the technical cyber security industry, that worked closely with the CAA to develop the ASSURE scheme.
 
Through the ASSURE scheme, aviation organizations will perform self-assessments of their approach to managing cyber security, then procure an accredited third-party with expertise in cyber security, risk management and operational technology (OT) to audit the reports on behalf of the CAA.

“We are delighted to be one of the first accredited organizations for the ASSURE scheme,” says Mark Raeburn, CEO at Context.  “This positions Context and Frazer-Nash at the vanguard of supporting assurance and oversight activities for cyber security in the aviation sector.”

Greg Pope, who leads the partnership between Context and Frazer-Nash adds, “Attackers always looking to exploit vulnerabilities and develop new ways of breaching cyber security defences.  Our combined expertise in cyber security, and broad knowledge of the aviation sector, together with our deep understanding of IT and OT, puts us in a strong position to support the UK’s efforts to provide world-leading protection against cyber-attack.”
 
“We are committed to broad and collaborative engagement with industry and key stakeholders to continuously improve our model and have been working closely with the Department for Transport (DfT) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to develop a scheme for aviation which is scalable and consistent,” comments Nicole Keeley, Head of Cyber Security Oversight at CAA.

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