Protect your business with a Cyber Essentials Certification
The Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme was developed and launched by the UK Government in 2014 in order to encourage organisations to adhere to good practice in information security and internet safety. Cyber Essentials is regarded as the base level standard of IT security which small to medium companies should meet. The Cyber Essentials framework has been created by CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ.
The implementation of the Cyber Essentials measures can significantly reduce your organisation's vulnerability to cyber-attacks. Although it does not offer a solution to reduce all cyber security risks, nor does it address more advanced threats, it is often considered sufficient protection for the most common threats to most Small to Medium businesses.
Cyber Essentials Certification is mandatory for central government contracts advertised after 1st October 2014 which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services.
There are two levels of certification that your organisation can apply for:
- The Cyber Essentials Certification - requires your organisation to complete a self-assessment questionnaire with responses independently reviewed by an external certifying body.
- The Cyber Essentials Plus Certification - tests of your system are carried out by an external clarifying body, using a wide range of tools and techniques.