A Government-backed scheme detailing the cybersecurity controls that could prevent up to 80%* of cyber attacks.
Cyber Essentials is designed and maintained by HM Government through the National Cyber Security Centre.
Cyber Essentials details the security controls that should be in place to secure against 80%* of common cyber threats.
Cyber Essentials is supportive in complying with the GDPR and often attracts a premium discount for cyber insurance.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is two things; it is (a) a technical specification, and (b) a certification.
(a) Technical specification
Implementing and regularly reviewing the Cyber Essentials technical controls will protect your business against common cyber threats.
Optional unless demanded - obtaining the certificate will show that you take cybersecurity seriously and enable you to bid for Government contracts.
Increasing demand for certification
Cyber Essentials was created to assist in bringing all businesses up to a minimum benchmark of cybersecurity to better secure the British economy. As such demand for certification is ever-increasing, including:
Local & Central Government contracts.
HS2 rail project subcontractors.
Lexcel Accredited Legal Practices (Law Society).
CQS Accredited Legal Practices (Law Society).
And other ways of tricking users into installing or executing a malicious application.
Manual or automated attempts to log on from the internet, by guessing passwords.
Exploiting known vulnerabilities in internet-connected devices, using widely available tools and techniques.
The technical requirements
Cyber Essentials details a specific set of technical controls for how your IT systems should be configured, and governed through HR policy, to reduce these threats. It covers five areas:
Secure your internet connection.
Secure your devices and software.
Control access to your data and services.
Protect from viruses and other malware.
Keep your devices and software up to date.
We are concerned about the increasing risk
Proactive risk management is critical. You need confidence that activity is beneficial.
Cyber Essentials is the recommended first-step; and it is HM Gov's minimum benchmark.
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