Cyber Essentials

What is Cyber Essentials?

  • Developed as part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme;
  • Aimed at businesses and organisations of any size to help them achieve a baseline of good cyber security practice;
  • Backed by industry specialists;
  • Designed to provide an overview of an organisation’s ability to mitigate the risks from Internet-based threats;
  • Also applicable to all private and public sector organisations, universities and charities;
  • Offers two levels of certification: ‘Cyber Essentials’ and ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’.

Why is Cyber Essentials certification important for any organisation?

  • It identifies the required controls believed to shield companies from up to 80% of the common threats from the internet;
  • UK Government departments now require suppliers bidding for particular contracts to be Cyber Essentials certified;
  • Expected to be a major requirement to win business in many other sectors in the future;
  • Some Insurance companies now offer incentives for organisations that are Cyber Essentials certified;
  • Enables a company to demonstrate to their customers and stake-holders that their data is adequately protected and that they take cyber security seriously.

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