Cyber Essentials sets out five security controls which will help all organisations, whatever size protect themselves against the most common cyber threats. The Cyber Essentials scheme provides an industry standard to show that a business cares about its own data and its customers.
By adopting the following security controls: Boundary firewalls and internet gateways, Secure system configuration, access control, malware protection and patch management your company can begin to mitigate the damage attackers can do to your business
Your customer’s data will be much less vulnerable to attack, theft or loss, meaning reputational damage from a data breach and potential fines under new EU legislation is much less likely. Your staff and 3rd parties will appreciate the value and risks associated with data management.
As a holder of the Cyber Essentials standard we can help and support you with the approach your company needs to adopt to be successful
Cyber Essentials is a new Government-backed and industry supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats.
By defining the basic requirements in cyber risk management, the scheme is designed to raise the bar against opportunist attackers. It is especially relevant for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and identifies the essential security controls an organisation needs within its IT systems to increase cyber resilience. It will also give you confidence that you’re beginning to mitigate cyber risk.
As a holder of the Cyber Essentials standard we can help and support you with the approach your company needs to adopt to be successful.
Increasing awareness of the cyber security threat to business is an important issue to the CBI, so we are pleased to be one of the first organisations to take part in the Cyber Essentials scheme. Business leaders will benefit from the access to helpful and authoritative cyber security guidance. Encouraging firms to adopt this scheme is a positive step towards greater awareness of cyber security and more widespread action to manage the risks
John Cridland, Director General, Confederation of British Industry
Cyber crime poses a real and growing threat for all businesses and small firms in particular and should not be ignored. Many businesses take steps to protect themselves but the cost of crime can act as a barrier to growth. For example, some businesses refrain from embracing new technology as they fear the repercussions and do not believe they will get adequate protection from crime. In the face of an ever increasing threat of cyber attacks, the FSB supports the Cyber Essentials scheme as an additional and important tool, designed to help reduce the risk to small firms and improve the resilience of the sector
Mike Cherry, National Policy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses