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Cyber Security for Property

Housing associations, letting agencies, real estate agents, building developers – none are safe from the attentions of cybercriminals. Increased digitisation of services and a rise in the amount of personal data being held by these organisations means that they are increasingly targeted by hackers.

The personal information, such as payment details or names and addresses, can be used by well-funded hacking groups as part of a wider cyberattack. The real estate industry is a stepping stone to wider fraud, identity theft, and breaches at other organisations. And they could rob your business too.

Fidus can help you better understand your security posture and provide actionable advice on how to improve your defences. We offer:

  • Penetration testing – Probing your current internal and external IT defences for known vulnerabilities that are commonly exploited by hackers to break into housing associations and letting agencies.
  • Credentials and permissions checks – Looking for improperly configured user accounts that allow access to your systems.
  • Phishing email tests – Checking email security provisions and how your employees react to receiving a “malware” infected message.
  • Social engineering attacks – Testing your people to see if they are soft targets, ready to hand over sensitive information to strangers without conducting the necessary security checks.
  • Red Team scenarios – Our consultants will conduct a full scale cyberattack to test your systems under load – and to test your incidence response plan.

For every test we will provide a full report of our findings, along with an action plan to help you tighten security and better protect your data – and your clients.

Cyber security compliance for Property

By storing personal data belonging to buyers and tenants, your organisation is bound by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR places several obligations on all real estate businesses to prevent that data being lost or stolen – or risk a heavy fine of up to €20m.

In the event that your letting agency or estate agency accept card payments, you are also expected to meet the PCI DSS standard. This security framework was designed by the payment card industry to ensure that transactions and details are stored securely. Breaching the PCI DSS may also incur large fines from payment card providers.

Fidus are compliancy specialists, and we can test your systems against both GDPR and PCI DSS frameworks. And our consultants are on hand to help you make the necessary changes to ensure you comply with these and any other regulations that may come into force.

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Why Fidus?

Penetration testing reveals your most sensitive network vulnerabilities – so you need a partner you can trust. Fidus Information Security are an NCSC CHECK Green Light and TIGER scheme approved consultancy. Our cyber security experts hold some of the most recognised certifications in the industry, including CREST Certified Tester and Senior Security Tester. Fidus is also a Cyber Essentials verified company. Every assessment we perform is carried out according to UK industry approved methodologies (OWASP, PETS, NIST) along with our own internal testing frameworks.

Remedial Support

More than just identifying security vulnerabilities, our cyber security experts are on hand to help you fix them too.

Certified Security Consultants

Our CREST and TIGER approved team holds a range of industry-leading security certifications including OSCP, CCT, SST and CISSP

Easy to Understand Reports

We’ll ensure that your executives and technical teams properly understand our assessment findings using plain-English reporting.

Fixed Price Proposals

The price you’re quoted is the price you’ll pay. Our quotes are broken down into a detailed costing table so you know exactly what to expect.

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