Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are a UK Government backed Cyber Security Standard. Introduced by the National Cyber Security Council (NCSC), it focusses on five key technical controls that all organisations should have in place.

Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certification is a UK Government backed Cyber Security Scheme which was introduced by the National Cyber Security Council (NCSC). The scheme is delievered in partnership with IASME who, as of April 2020, are the UK Governments only governining body for the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certifications.

Fourtify are a Certified Body with IASME which enables us to support and certify organisations to the Cyber Essentials standard.

Cyber Essentials encourages business’ to implement technical security controls and ensure threy are implementing strict measures to adhere to best practice guidelines and enhance their cyber security practice.

By implementing these controls and processes, business’ can protect themselves against the most common internet-based threats.

The Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certification process focusses on five technical controls that all organisations have to meet and should have in place to ensure they’ve applied fundamental best practices to protect their business from internet based threats.

5 Technical Controls of Cyber Essentials

Malware Protection

Cyber Essentials, Malware Protection, Cyber Security Gap Analysis

Malware Protection is critical to your business security. Malware Protection is designed to detect, delete or block malicious code which could be used to encrypt your device, steal or delete your data.

Secure Configuration

Secure Configuration, Cyber Essentials

Secure Configuration should be a high priority for every business. It protects your business against known vulnerabilities and ensures you actively minimise threats to your organisation.

Patch Management

Patch Management, Cyber Essentials, Cyber Security Gap Analysis

Patch Management is a key control within Cyber Essentials. Patches fix vulnerabilities which attackers can exploit. When a new security patch is released you should be implementing within 14 days to achieve certification.

Boundary Firewalls

Boundary Firewalls, Cyber Essentials

Firewalls are your first line of defence. By analysing all the data arriving through your internet connection, a correctly configured firewall will block malicious programmes and attackers from gaining access to your systems.

Access Control

Access Control, Cyber Essentials, Cyber Security Gap Analysis

Access Control should be fundamental to your business. It controls who has access to what information and resources. Effective Access Control makes sure users are who they say they are.

Why should you get certified?

The majority of cyber attacks use relatively simple methods which exploit basic vulnerabilities in software and computer systems. There are tools and techniques openly available on the Internet which enable even low-skilled actors to exploit these common vulnerabilities. By implementing the Cyber Essentials controls, organisations are enhancing their cyber security posture and better equipping themselves to deal with the growing cyber threats.

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are backed by the UK Government and are proven to be an effective scheme that will help protect your organisation against some of the most common cyber threats, such as:

  • Phishing attacks
  • Malware
  • Ransomware
  • Password guessing
  • Network attacks

Is Cyber Essentials right for me?

The scheme is often mandated, or actively encouraged, across an increasing number of Government and Private sector contracts. For MoD contracts, it is required throughout the supply chain.

The NCSC designed Cyber Essentials to be flexible, meaning that it’s applicable to organisations of all sizes and all sectors. It’s a Certification that reassures your current and potential future clients that you take your Cyber Security seriously.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recognises the Cyber Essentials scheme and its ability to provide certain security assurances and helps protect personal data in an organisation’s IT system. ‘Get in line with Cyber Essentials’ is a section in the ICO’s ‘A practical guide to IT security’ publication.

Cyber Liability Insurance is included for organisations with a turnover under £20,000,000.00 who achieve a verified self-assessed certification which covers the whole of their organisation.

Benefits of Cyber Essentials

Recognised by UK Government

IASME work in partnership with the National Cyber Security Council to create and manage these standards supported by UK Government.

Win New Business

Win work with the UK Government. Organisations are required to hold Cyber Essentials for contracts which handle sensitive or personal data.

Reassure Your Customers

Reassure your customers and steakholders that you take Data Protection seriously. By achieving Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus Certification.

Cyber Liability Insurance

Opt-in for FREE Cyber Liability Insurance for UK based organisation upon achieving Cyber Essentials if your turnover is less then £20,000,000.00.

Affordable and Flexible Security Standard

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus have been specifically designed to be achievable and affordable with SMEs in mind.

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