With cyber security threats becoming ever more apparent, it is more important than ever before to ensure that you have the correct cyber security management in place. 32% of UK businesses underwent a cyber attack just last year! This accounts for an incredible 61% of large organisations, and 60% of medium sized businesses. And small businesses made no exception! 40% suffered a cyber breach in 2019.
With this in mind, many businesses, small and large, are turning to the Cyber Essentials certification, to ensure a thorough audit of their security risks and to protect their network and data.
Let’s dive deeper into the Cyber Essentials certification, and why you need it for your business.
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed and industry-supported certification that facilitates better cyber protection for organisations. The Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) and the Information Security Forum (ISF) came together to create this certification to reduce cyber vulnerability, and it is now backed by the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and various insurance organisations. It provides a comprehensive plan that sets out the controls that you should have in place to ensure greater security against cyber attacks.
There are two different levels of Cyber Essentials certification:
If your company is looking to secure public sector contracts, it is absolutely essential that you have the Cyber Essentials certification. This doesn’t just apply to private sector organisations, but also public sector, charities, not-for-profit organisations and universities.
From 2016 the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has required all organisations to have the certification, and most local authorities are asking for it as a minimum requirement! Companies of all sizes must prove that they meet the requirements if they handle, store or process the personal information of citizens and government employees of the Government Protective Marking scheme level.
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There are many benefits to the Cyber Essentials qualification, even if you don’t legally require it as an organisation working with the public sector.
To pass the certification, you must demonstrate that you have protection in the following 5 areas:
We follow a step-by-step process to get you Cyber Essentials Plus certified:
Ready to get Cyber Essentials certified? Get in touch with the team today to discuss your Cyber Essentials needs.