Lucion NexGen Compliance Management Software Achieves Cyber Essentials Plus Certification

20 October 2020

Asbestos and hazardous materials compliance management system Lucion NexGen has been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification for a consecutive year giving reassurance to our clients that their data is protected.


According to the 2020 Cyber Security Breaches Survey (the fifth in the series), cyber security threats have not diminished during the past year.  46% of UK businesses have reported experiencing a cyber security threat or breach during the last 12 months compared to around 32% of UK businesses in 2019. Of these 46%, 1 in 5 have experienced a negative outcome where material (either money or data) has been lost as a result of the breach.

Over the past year, more and more businesses have reported undertaking internal audits and introducing control measures to combat that threat to their software security. Despite additional measures being made, cyber threats and attacks continue to increase. Businesses procuring services that rely on software provided by a supplier must ask the question, how secure is their software and is my data safe?

It is imperative when choosing your risk and compliance software that you check that your supplier's software has been vetted and meets security tested standard requirements. You may also want to consider using a compliance system that is built by your provider rather than built and developed by a third party supplier, which may put your data at further risk of breaches.

One way to ensure your software meets your security requirements is to check if the software has Cyber Essentials certification.


Who are the Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed and industry-supported scheme, developed with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF). Launched in 2014, Cyber Essentials is designed to help organisations protect themselves and their clients from common online threats through a set of basic technical controls. They have issued over 30,000 certificates of which, to-date, none of the certified systems have experienced a significant cyber security breach or data loss. 

Software bearing the Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to cyber security and acts as a reassurance measure for companies procuring the software.


What does the certification mean?

There are two levels of certification available:

  • Cyber Essentials Certificate
  • Cyber Essentials Plus Certificate

The Cyber Essentials Certification is a light-weight self-assessment whereby an organisation must complete a simple 3 step process set out by Cyber Essentials. 

  1. Certification Body selection - select an appropriate Certification Body from the 5 Accreditations bodies provided by Cyber Essentials Plus
  2. Verify your systems and software’s security capabilities - all software and IT systems must meet Cyber Essentials’ security and infrastructure requirements and provide any required evidence
  3. Complete self-assessment questionnaire provided by the chosen Certification Body

Software with Cyber Essential Plus Certification has undergone testing and verification from an independent cyber security Certification Body who have conducted penetration testing to ensure the software performs and resists viruses, malware and hacking. 

At Lucion, we are committed to delivering a trusted, holistic risk and compliance management service. This includes our award-winning risk and compliance management software Lucion NexGen, which has achieved Cyber Security Plus Certification after being subjected to an in-depth security  and IT infrastructure systems audit. 


What is Lucion NexGen?

Lucion NexGen is our compliance management software, built on the web, for the web, provided free to all of our clients. The system is designed to keep our clients up to date with current compliance standards and the hazardous risks within their property portfolio. Unlike most database-driven compliance systems, Lucion NexGen differentiates from other compliance software products on the market by being hosted online meaning that our clients can track the ongoing risks, access data, reports and photographs and mapping which are collected digitally by our on-site teams, all in real-time. What’s more is that updates are conducted by our in house Lucion NexGen developer team, meaning you don’t have to conduct updates yourself and experience 0 hours downtime.

When you use Lucion NexGen to manage your assets, you gain access to numerous beneficial features such as accurate, time-stamped activity logs, transparent invoicing, real-time data availability, access controls (meaning you can choose to grant access to other contractors or relevant stakeholders), Work In Progress oversight as well as easy import and export of data from/to other systems.

We appreciate that changing systems can feel like a hassle. So, whether you use our compliance management system or use your own and procure other risk management services from us, all of your data is stored on our systems for free and can be accessed at any time you need it. Think of it as a free back up!

All of your data entered into Lucion NexGen will be held on Amazon AWS servers, which provides ISO 27001 accredited security, encryption and backup protection, as well as Cyber Essential Plus Certification.

Each of your reports produced in Lucion NexGen is a ‘working document’ that can be updated as required. When new data is recorded (e.g. during a re-inspection survey), a new report will be issued and the historical report will be archived on the system (not deleted). Analytical reports are also a working document, showing the site before the contractor set up, during works and after, along with comprehensive analyst's notes and on-site diary of all activity, with photographic evidence.

Lucion NexGen can be accessed on any device with a web browser (computer, laptop, smartphones etc.). Any individual who needs to access information within your portal will be invited to register and will simply need to create their own secure password to correspond with their username. Our software team can review your specific IT and firewall settings during mobilisation and ensure there are no issues preventing access.


Award-winning Compliance Management Software

Our compliance management software won The Partnership and Collaboration of the Year Award 2019 in conjunction with our client, Hull City Council. This award demonstrates our holistic risk management services offering, including our compliance management software Lucion NexGen, as a market-leading, reliable solution in the risk management market.

With over 15,000 current active users, NexGen is designed to be user friendly, with minimal training required to navigate the system. We provide user guides, tutorial videos and training/demonstration sessions (typically 1-2 hours) free of charge during contract mobilisation. Lucion NexGen has been developed in-house, so any issues or assistance you require can be dealt with efficiently by our software developers, the NexGents.


Our Mission

Providing the means to protect is at the forefront of what we do as an organisation. We are a collaborative group of individuals dedicated to protecting people from exposure to hazardous substances. We are on a mission; to make the world a safer place to live

Through developing Lucion NexGen, we offer a holistic approach to managing and mitigating occupational exposure, health and hygiene risks, helping both our clients and ourselves, to achieve our mission.


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