What is the Cyber Essentials scheme?
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a Government backed key deliverable of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme, and is backed by major industry players including BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Barclays and Hewlett-Packard and covers five key elements.
Secure configuration – Essential security elements when installing and commissioning systems and networks, forming the bedrock of your security.
Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways – Basic protection related to connections to the Internet.
Access control and administrative privilege management – Establishing basic controls for users to safely and securely access accounts.
Patch management – The very important ongoing update of systems to ensure that they will at least be resistant to well-known and widely prevalent attack vectors.
Malware protection – Establishing a base level of protection against a range of malicious software such as viruses, worms, spyware, botnets, etc.
Why do you need it?
Having the Cyber Essentials accreditation enables you to focus on your core business objectives, knowing that the security of your systems will keep you protected from the vast majority of common cyber-attacks.
Achieving this accreditation also allows you to demonstrate to clients, insurers, investors and other interested parties that you have taken the precautions necessary to reduce cyber risks
Cyber Essentials accreditation is also a requirement if you plan to bid for UK Government contracts that involve the handling of personal and sensitive information.
Is the Cyber Essentials scheme applicable to your business?
Yes, Cyber Essentials is applicable to all businesses which use internet connect systems, or Internet-connected end-user devices such as computers, mobile phones, printers, tablets, servers and laptops.
What are the next steps?
This is the perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate to your customers that you are a secure and trusted organisation which meets government standards for Cyber Security.
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