Cyber Essentials Certification

The Cyber Essentials scheme was developed by the UK government to help businesses deal with the business-critical issues of cyber security and cyber resilience. The scheme provides a set of five key controls that organisations can implement to achieve a basic level of cyber security.

As well as demonstrating that you take cyber security seriously, the Cyber Essentials scheme will help you comply with the upcoming GDPR changes. As well as this it demonstrates to your customers that you are committed to ensuring that their data is safe.

Why do you need Cyber Essentials?

The Cyber Essentials scheme provides five security controls, which, according to the government, could prevent “around 80% of cyber attacks”.

Whether or not you achieve certification, these security controls provide the basic level of protection that businesses need to implement in order to protect them from the vast majority of cyber attacks.

Having implemented the Cyber Essentials controls, the next step is to apply for certification. You don’t have to do this, of course, but having got this far there seems little point in not capitalising on your new security controls.

What is involved?

Businesses need to implement these five Cyber Essentials controls to help them stay secure:

Secure configuration

By ensuring your computers and network devices are configured properly, you can identify systems or databases that you no longer need or use. You will have the opportunity to reduce your overall storage and bandwidth consumption, as well as reducing the level of inherent security vulnerabilities.

Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways

Using boundary firewalls to monitor traffic to your server(s) enables you to better understand and manage your bandwidth requirements, potentially allowing you to renegotiate your hosting costs, as well as blocking attackers and external threats.

Access control and administrative privilege management

Managing access control and administrative privileges erodes the opportunity for staff to install time-wasting software on to their computers, as well as removing the insider threat.

Patch management

Keeping on top of software patching and licencing makes your company more productive, as well as more secure. Patches often improve the performance of the products they apply to, and remove issues that slow down employees, such as crashes and poor performance caused by congested networks.

Malware protection

Implementing appropriate malware protection has its obvious security advantages, but an often overlooked hidden benefit is the time and cost savings that result from avoiding devices being out of action.

Cyber Essentials Audit and Support

Our team can guide you through the process and the necessary steps and support your journey in order to achieve the Cyber Security Essentials Accreditation. With our accreditation’s with many industry-leading security vendors and through our experience, we can help you meet and exceed the requirements by making recommendations and detailing any associated actions you may need to take in order to achieve the accreditation.

We will perform an audit and get and overview of your business and security needs. Based on what we find, we will provide our recommendations to help you prepare for the certification.

The Next Step…

If you would like further information about achieving Cyber Essentials, need support or advice on your cyber security needs, then please call us on 01392 824 022.

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