What is Cyber Essentials about?
Cyber Essentials is a UK government-endorsed standard designed to help businesses of all sizes minimise their security risk and demonstrate a commitment to the protection of personal information relating to employees, customers, partners and investors.
The Cyber Essentials scheme, part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme, is designed to help businesses mitigate common security threats such as malware infections, social engineering attacks and hacking. It involves an annually verified assessment of key security controls that can help organisations to defend against common attack vectors that target enterprise-level and corporate IT systems.
Protection of key assets
By highlighting common vulnerabilities affecting assets including firewalls, systems, websites and software applications, the Cyber Essentials scheme helps businesses significantly reduce their information security risk
Demonstrating to customers, partners and investors that cyber security is taken seriously improves outside perception and provides a key competitive advantage.
Eligibility for public sector contracts
Cyber Essentials certification is mandatory for any business wanting to bid for a central government contract that involves the handling of sensitive or personal information
Receiving independent verification of key security controls demonstrates the effectiveness of systems, people and process to defend against a wide range of cyber threats