What is Cyber Essentials? Your FAQs Answered!
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, against a range of the most common threats and cyber attacks.
It is a simple, but effective level of cyber security that will give you peace of mind that you have defenses in place to protect you from ‘digital thieves’ and unwanted damage to your business and reputation – and ultimately to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of company information.
It addresses 5 main technical controls that once in place, will prevent the most common attacks against businesses in the UK.
What is Cyber Essentials Plus?
Cyber Essentials Plus is the highest level of certification offered under the Cyber Essentials scheme. The Cyber Essentials Scheme is a UK wide, government-backed certification that not only ensures your organisation has the correct technical controls in place to protect yourself from the most common threats, but also tests them against a realistic attack scenario and any vulnerabilities found are highlighted and rectified.
How can Cyber Essentials help my business?
Cyber essentials has many benefits, both as a security measure, and as a way to promote and expand your business. Not only does it show your commitment to cyber security, but it also provides a level of assurance to your clients, partners and suppliers. Cyber Essentials certification also adds an element of prestige to your organisation, and if you are tendering for local or government contracts, can increase your chance of being successful.
Does my business need Cyber Essentials?
We believe that every organisation should be proactive in putting preventative security measures in place, and by achieving the certification, you demonstrate to both clients and cyber criminals that your are committed to securing your information. However, if you are tendering for local or government projects, in many cases you MUST have Cyber Essentials, with some projects requiring a minimum of Cyber Essentials PLUS.