What is the Cyber Essentials scheme?
Cyber Essentials is a UK government scheme supported by the National Cyber Security Centre that sets out five basic security controls to protect organisations from around 80% of common cyber attacks, this scheme is managed by the IASME Consortium, who licences certification bodies to carry out the Cyber Essentials certifications.
Why do I need Cyber Essentials?
There are numerous benefits that SMEs can look forward to when getting certified for Cyber Essentials, including:-
- Reassure customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber attack
- Attract new business with the promise you have cyber security measures in place
- You have a clear picture of your organisation’s cyber security level
- Some Government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification
What does Cyber Essentials cover?
Cyber Essentials addresses five key controls that, when implemented correctly, can prevent around 80% of cyber attacks.
- Boundary firewalls and internet gateways – using a firewall to secure your network
- Secure configuration – choosing the most secure settings for your devices and software
- Access control – control who has access to your data and services
- Malware protection – protect yourself from viruses and malware
- Patch management – keep your devices and software up to date
What’s the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?
Cyber Essentials includes an self-assessment questionnaire
Cyber Essentials Plus
Cyber Essentials Plus includes a hands-on technical audit of the systems that are in scope for Cyber Essentials.