About the UK Gov Cyber Essentials Certification
Cyber attacks can cost organisations thousands of pounds and cause lengthy periods of disruption. And cyber criminals don’t just attack banks and large companies, they target any organisation which isn’t properly protected, even small businesses.
The majority of cyber attacks exploit basic weaknesses in IT systems and software. Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks. The scheme is designed by the UK Government to make it easy for you to protect yourself.
Why should I get Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cash flow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off your customers, stop you trading and damage your hard-earned reputation. It could also be reported in the local media. Loss of data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.
Having a Cyber Essentials badge will show that you have protected your organisation against common cyber threats. It will also show your customers you take this issue seriously.
Since October 2014 Cyber Essentials has been mandatory for suppliers of Government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing some ICT products and services. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge enables you to bid for these contracts.
We can guide you through the approval process and help you obtain the Cyber Essentials accreditation. Your business will be more secure, and you will be able to demonstrate to your customers and suppliers that you take your business security seriously. Call us on 01293 446677 for more information on the approval process and how we can help you.