In the UK alone, 39% of businesses were hit by a cyber attack in 2021, alongside 26% of charities.
That’s nearly 4/10 businesses and 1/4 charities, who have been targeted and held hostage to their own network and data.
Almost 1 in 4 organisations experience breaches at least once a week.
This ultimately results in loss of money, data and tarnishes the brand.
While many companies claim that cyber security is their top priority, the pandemic has changed how we work, making cyber security more difficult for many companies.
Different factors like; staff working from home, different internet logins and stretched resources can lead to problems with cyber security.
It’s a large order for I.T. teams to ensure that every laptop is securely linked to a secure broadband, while also browsing safely and avoiding computer threats such as data leaks, viruses, and cyber intrusions.
Assuring your clients and employees – The National Cyber Security Centre and the UK Government have devised a scheme to help businesses protect themselves and become more aware of cyber threats.
As a result, the UK Government and the National Cyber Security Centre have developed Cyber Essentials.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a government scheme that aims to develop a cybersecurity standard that all UK businesses must follow.
The self-assessment option gives you protection against a wide variety of the most common cyber-attacks. This is important because vulnerability to simple attacks can mark you out as target for more in-depth unwanted attention from cyber criminals and others.
Cyber Essentials is designed to help businesses of all sizes, small or large, be protected from cyber-attacks and know what to do in various scenarios.
The Cyber Essentials scheme focuses on:
- Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
- Secure Configuration
- Access Control
- Malware Protection
- Patch Management
What’s the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?
Both schemes have the same requirements your business has to meet.
The standard Cyber Essentials scheme is a self-certification. This means you’ll be asked to fill out a questionnaire and provide documentation, and an official authenticator will either accept or decline your application.
Cyber Essentials Plus involves an external vulnerability scan. This means that an official organisation will come to your office and conduct testing in accordance with the Cyber Essentials specifications.
Every authenticator will use the same testing procedure, but the costs for the two schemes are difference as the plus scheme is a higher accreditation.
Cyber Essentials two overall policy objectives:
1. To be accessible to all organisations, in order to assist them in reducing their cyber security risks, with the goal of ensuring that it is a cost-effective way for SMEs to secure themselves.
2. To be a useful tool for major businesses and to assist in the management of third-party cyber security threats.
Why does my business need Cyber Essentials?
- Protects your company from the most popular cyber-attacks.
- Establish that your company’s data is secure.
- Have the opportunity to work with more public sector organisations
- Shows clients, customers, and partners that you’re serious about security by complying to government recommendations and GDPR regulations.
- Instant reputation boost, as you are more trusted with accreditation
- Gain a competitive edge against companies that have yet to obtain certification.
- Save money over paying a high ransom
- Enable insurance cover
- Get expert advice from The National Cyber Security Centre
How do I get a Cyber Essentials Accreditation?
System Force I.T. helps organisations with accreditation preparation.
We make sure you understand every step of the Cyber Essentials scheme so that your company complies with the requirements, and can be given accreditation quickly.
Get in contact with us to find out how having the Cyber Essentials accreditation can help boost cyber awareness for your business, and help with brand reputation.
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