What is Cyber Essentials?

The government's Cyber Essentials scheme ensures basic cybersecurity measures are in place, preventing approximately 9-% of cyberattacks.  The scheme is based on 5 controls and ensures that most vulnerabilities are secured.

Why just 5 controls?:

  • The 5 specific controls give an organisation a high level of cybersecurity without enterprise level costs.
  • 5 basic controls provide a simplified framework unlike ISO27001.
  • Despite its simplicity, Cyber Essentials prevents or mitigates as much as 99.3% of attacks (University of Lancaster study).

Times are Changing, attacks are changing

  • Cyberattacks are evolving constantly
  • Traditional Endpoint security is not enough
  • Cyber Essentials gives organisations a layered approach to cybersecurity

Benefits of Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials helps to prevent the majority of cyber attacks.  Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in the loss of company and client data, disrupt cashflow, waste time and never mind the reputational damage a data breach can cause.  Loss of data could also breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.

Since October 2014, it has been mandatory to have a Cyber Essentials certificate if you have any public sector or local authority contracts.  Holding a Cyber Essentials badge also enables you to bid for these contracts.

Cyber Essentials covers the technical baseline of devices for GDPR, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, ISO27001 and others.

Talk to vIT4u today about achieving Cyber Essentials certification in Bradford and Leeds.