What is Cyber Essentials?
The UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme was launched in 2013, as a cost-effective method for SME businesses to inform customers and other stakeholders that the five most important basic cyber security controls have been implemented within their business.
Two levels of Certification
There are two levels of certification available, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certificates which have been designed with SMEs to be light-touch and achievable at low cost. The two certification options give organisations a choice over the level of assurance they wish to gain and the cost of doing so.
The benefits of Cyber Essentials
Cyber Essentials Certification provides five security controls which, according to the UK Government, could prevent “around 80% of cyber attacks”, allowing you to focus on your core business objectives.
Also, properly implemented cyber security has the additional advantage of driving business efficiency throughout the organisation, saving money and improving productivity.
Achieving certification will also help you to address other compliance requirements such as GDPR. In fact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who will be enforcing GDPR in the UK, recommends that SMEs “Get in line with Cyber Essentials” in their ’A practical guide to IT Security’ document.
MT Services are ideally placed to help you through the Cyber Essentials Certification process, providing pre-assessment consultancy, help and advice during the Cyber Essentials process and the actual assessment itself.