Cyber Essentials

Protect your Business against Cyber Attacks with Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials Explained

Cyber attacks come in many forms, but the majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. In 2016, 60% of small businesses in the UK suffered a cyber attack or breach.

Cyber Essentials London Certification

In 2014, the government launched Cyber Essentials, a simple but effective scheme to help all organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.

As an industry backed scheme, Cyber Essentials set five basic technical controls for organisations to use. When implemented correctly, they can prevent around 80% of cyber attacks.

Cyber Essentials Technical Controls

In order to help you get certified, we can help do a Cyber Essentials audit to see how your business measures up against the following technical controls.

Use a firewall to secure your internet connection

Protecting your Internet connection with a firewall provides you with a basic level of protection. This effectively creates a ‘buffer zone’ between your IT network and external networks.

Choose the most secure settings for your devices and software

When implementing infrastructure of software and devices, you need to ensure systems are configured and security measures are in place.

Control who has access to your data and services

Employees of an organisation are the biggest threat in regards to cyber security. To minimise the potential damage if an account is misused or stolen, ensure employees have access at the appropriate level.

Protect yourself from viruses and other malware

Malware short for ‘malicious software’ and viruses a form of malware, are designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorised access to a computer system.

Keep your devices and software up to date (patch management)

It’s important to keep all of the devices, operating systems, installed apps and software on your systems up to date. Manufacturers and developers release regular updates to fix any security vulnerabilities discovered.

Checklist

To see how your business measures up, check out our Checklist to perform a Cyber Essentials audit.

Are you looking to get Cyber Essentials Certified?

Cyber Essentials Certification

Once an organisation is fully compliant they receive a Cyber Essentials certificate to indicate to customers and stakeholders that they have safety measures in place. There are two levels of certification available:

Cyber Essentialsthis option gives you protection against a wide variety of cyber attacks that target enterprise-level and corporate IT systems.  It involves a self-assessment questionnaire and an external vulnerability scan and will show you how to address the basics and prevent the most common attacks.

From £300 approx (+VAT)

  • Reassure customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber attack
  • Attract new business with the promise you have cyber security measures in place
  • You have a clear picture of your organisation’s cyber security level
  • Some Government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification

Cyber Essentials Plus

Recommended for businesses to demonstrate a higher level of security assurance. This includes all of the Cyber Essential assessments but includes an additional internal scan and an on-site assessment.

£POA

  • Includes all of the benefits of Cyber Security Essentials PLUS your cyber security is verified by independent experts

Ready to get Cyber Essentials Certified?

No matter which option you choose, Cubit Technology can help guide you on how best to protect your business. We can help you identify vulnerabilities by assessing how your business currently measures up against the five technical controls. We’ll also help you set up security measures in order for your business to easily comply with Cyber Essentials Certification.

For more information on how Cubit can help your business with Cyber Security and Cyber Essentials Certification, contact us on 020 3535 0680 to have a chat or send us a message.

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