What are Cyber Essentials?
The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) Cyber Essentials scheme is a government backed certification that is designed to help you to protect your organisation. This is through mitigating the potential risks of the most common cyber threats, via ensuring the implementation of the fundamental cyber security controls and protection methods.
The required security controls are categorised into 5 basic technical themes, including:
Why Do I Need Cyber Essentials?
By implementing the necessary protection measures to become compliant with the requirements of the Cyber Essentials scheme, your organisation will be more protected against the ever-growing threat of cyber-attacks. For this reason, Cyber Essentials is considered the best first step in securing your organisation, protecting you from approximately 80% of the most common cyber-attacks, for example phishing, malware, ransomware, or network attacks.
In addition, achieving the Cyber Essentials certification builds trust with the customers, and boosts the overall reputation of your organisation. This is because it will reassure customers that you are taking a proactive stance to cyber security, through demonstrating your commitment to protecting your data and network infrastructure.
Moreover, becoming compliant with the Cyber Essentials scheme will attract and open new business. As an example, having the crucial cyber security controls in place can allow an organisation to apply for government led contracts, involving the secure handling of sensitive information.
Frequently Overlooked Security Issues
User Access Control:
Security Update Management:
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