What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a UK Government backed certification scheme. Its role is to help organisations of all sizes ensure that the business is protected against commodity based attacks (low-skilled, low effort cyber attacks). Cyber Essentials certification is now compulsory for all public sector organisations. The government also now require all of their suppliers who may have access to sensitive data to have a Cyber Essentials certificate.
Cyber Essentials aims to address the lowest common denominator in cyber-attacks (such as passwords and admin access policies). If Cyber Essentials is properly followed it should prevent up to 80% of all cyber attacks. Cyber Essentials certification is also a good first step towards meeting the requirement of GDPR. Cyber Essentials certification will enable your organisation to:
- Show your customers that you have taken action to protect your IT systems
- Give you a clear overview of your business’s cyber security level
- Allow you to tender for contracts with require Cyber Essentials certification to be in place
What does Cyber Essentials cover?
The scheme focuses on five key controls :
- Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
- Secure configuration
- Access control
- Malware protection
- Patch management
Cyber Essentials has two different levels of certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. The basic Cyber Essentials certification requires a self-assessment questionnaire to be submitted to an external certifying body. Cyber Essentials Plus certification includes all of the above plus an on-site audit.
How can we help?
Linten Technologies are able to guide your business through gaining your Cyber Essentials certification. And even now during COVID-19 and beyond we can take your business through a guided Cyber Essentials assessment without needing to attend your premises.
Call us today to get secure!