Hexagon Leasing said it had achieved the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) Cyber Essentials accreditation, a government-backed scheme supporting firms to protect themselves.

Cyber Essentials was set up to guard organisations against cyber attacks and certification is intended to provide peace of mind that a company’s defences are robust enough to protect against the vast majority of attacks.

Alan Ellison, chief executive of Hexagon Leasing said: “We take online security very seriously. Our achievement to attain the Cyber Essentials certification given the constant cyber threat to everyone, demonstrates the robustness of our system infrastructure and its governance in our ongoing commitment to cyber security and the safety of our customers’ and partners’ data.”

The NCSC said cyber attacks came in many shapes and sizes, but that the majority were basic in nature and were the digital equivalent of a thief trying a front door to see if it was unlocked.

In February, Motor Transport hosted a webinar looking at the growing problem of cyber attacks.

An IBM study showed that 4% of all attacks were made on companies within the transport industry, making it the seventh most targeted industry in the last 12 months.

Owens Group suffered a major cyber attack last year according to claims made on the dark web and a ransomware attack on KNP Logistics in June 2023 was instrumental in its collapse into administration.