Cyber Essentials is a simple but very effective scheme which is backed by the UK Government. It is designed to help you to protect your company, regardless of the size, against a huge range of cyberattacks.
Cyberattacks come in various shapes and sizes but most of them are incredibly basic in nature and they are carried out by individuals who are not skilled. This can be compared to a thief trying the front door to see if you have left it open. Cyber Essentials give you a good level of protection against these unsophisticated attacks.
Scope of Cyber Essentials
Cyber Essentials covers six areas which give your business a basic level of protection against cyber-attacks. These are:
- Using office firewalls and Internet gateways
- Maintaining secure configuation of your computer equipment
- Keeping software up-to-date
- Controlling user accounts
- Restricting use of administrative accounts
- Protecting against malware
Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus
There are two certification options to choose from. With Cyber Essentials you just have to answer the questions and submit your responses to the certification body. With the Cyber Essentials Plus option, your answers are verified by an external auditor who will also carry out a network scan.
Why You Need Cyber Essentials
There are a number of good reasons why you might want to get Cyber Essentials for your business.
- Your customers will feel assured knowing that your IT is protected
- You can attract new business
- You will get a clear picture of your organisation’s security level
- Increasing numbers of contracts stipulate Cyber Essentials as a requirement
What Happens if You’re Not Covered?
If you do not have the basic protection included in Cyber Essentials, this isn’t likely to work out in your favour. You may find that you open your business up to way more attacks and that you are also unable to give your customers the peace of mind they need to go through your company safely.
A lot of people believe that it’s only the big companies who are targeted by criminals, but this is not the case at all. In fact, it’s quite often the smaller ones who end up being focused on because they do not have the budget or the tech required to put up adequate defences.
Cyber Essentials helps you with this, by giving you peace of mind, helping you to safeguard your company against attacks. It’s the best and easiest way to show that you meet an industry standard and it may even help you to get more customers as a result.
To speak to one of our experts about how we can help you prepare and certify for Cyber Essentials, get in touch today.