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Gemini renews data protection certificate

12 October 2020

Gemini Parking Solutions has been awarded further UK government certification for protecting client data from misuse and cyber attacks. Gemini Parking Solutions has been recertified for the national Cyber Essentials certification for the way it holds and uses valuable and sensitive information for clients.

The business manages spaces for NHS hospitals, retail parks, industrial estates and private parking. It is a member of the British Parking Association.
Gemini first achieved the Cyber Essentials certification in 2019 and decided to renew to ensure it had up-to-date systems in place.

Gemini’s head of site management director, Alastair Finlayson, said: “We collect and hold a lot of data for our clients, from the NHS to offices and retail parks, and it is important we do everything in our power to make sure that is kept safe. Even government bodies are not free from being attacked by cyber criminals. It is much easier to be proactive than to be reactive.

“It wasn’t enough for us to have the certification as a one off which is why we decided to go through the process again and be certified for the next twelve months too. This provides peace of mind for us, our clients and those who use our parking solutions. It also means when we pitch for new business those organisations know we have a solid system in place backed by government certification.”

The company brought in cyber security advisers and managed IT solutions provider Zenzero Solutions to help them put processes in place to renew the Cyber Essentials certification.

Finlayson said: “Bringing in Zenzero made it very easy. Their team held our hand throughout the process. From a security standpoint Zenzero was on the ball.”

Zenzero’s cyber security adviser, Russell Howarth said: “By going through the Cyber Essentials process Gemini Parking Solutions has put in place a solid foundation which will stand them in good stead for the next 12 months. It’s easy to think the certification is a one-off but annual renewals are important if you are to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals. They are always coming up with new ways to hack into systems and its important to ensure your organisation has the most up to date processes in place to keep them at bay and prevent bad things from happening.

“Cyber Essentials is also a great IT base to maintain GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance as it addresses many of the ways cyber criminals access personal and financial data.”

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