CyberEssentials

CyberEssentials is a government-backed cyber security certification scheme that sets out a good baseline of cyber security suitable for all organisations in all sectors. The scheme addresses five key controls that, when implemented correctly, can prevent around 80% of cyber attacks.

The CyberEssentials scheme is increasingly popular within the private sector; more than 1,200 organisations have adopted the scheme to date.

Insurance firms have recognised that CyberEssentials certification is a valuable indicator of a mature approach to cyber security and, according to a government report, CyberEssentials certification can also contribute to the reduction of risk.

CyberEssentials:

  • Delivers the basic controls that all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common Internet-based threats;
  • Provides a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken essential precautions to secure against the majority of cyber risks;
  • Enables companies to successfully tender for government contracts. View the UK Government’s procurement policy notice here.

Implementing the following CyberEssentials controls will help your business stay secure by:

  • Ensuring your computers and network devices are configured properly, to identify systems or databases that you no longer need or use and reduce the level of inherent security vulnerabilities;
  • Using boundary firewalls to monitor traffic to your office network; enabling you to block attackers and external threats;
  • Managing access control and administrative privileges, eroding the opportunity for staff to install time-wasting software on to their computers, as well as removing the insider threat;
  • Keeping on top of software patching and licensing, making your company more secure;
  • Implementing appropriate malware protection, reducing downtime and reducing the likelihood of virus infection and data theft.

If you would like honest, no-nonsense advice on your companies security including assistance in obtaining CyberEssentials certification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Cyber Essentials Badge

We attained CyberEssentials accreditation in November 2017