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Jun 6, 2017

Cyber Essentials Certification - Whats your plan?

The Government has a plan to tackle Cyber Security - but  do YOU?

The  Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017     reveals nearly 7 in 10 large businesses identified a breach or attack, with the average cost to large businesses of all breaches over the period being £20,000 and even worse in some cases reaching millions. The survey also shows businesses holding electronic personal data on customers were much more likely to suffer cyber breaches than those that do not (51 per cent compared to 37 per cent).

Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, said:

UK businesses must treat cyber security as a top priority if they want to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the UK’s vibrant digital economy.

 

The first step in confirming a Cyber Security  plan for your business is to  seek confirmation you have the basic steps in place for protection.

The first level  of Cyber Essentials Certification has FIVE main  areas it concentrates on.

  1. Boundary firewalls
  2. Secure configuration
  3. User access control
  4. Malware protection
  5. Patch management

This is one of two certifications available & is awarded on the basis of a verified self-assessment.

In the main any Managed Service Provider (MSP) should be able to assist clients complete the questionnaire with  the help of the client's relevant policy documents  for their specific business.

The cost of certification is around £300 , paid to one of the Certification Bodies.

We ensured that we completed this certification  - it was straightforward & we would be pleased to help any clients review their policies with a view to completing the certification.

You can find more information on these sources;

Cyber Essentials Website

Cyber Essentials Overview Gov.UK

 Cyber-essentials