Cyber Essentials

The Cyber Essentials scheme provides businesses both large and small with clear guidance on basic cyber security practice. By focusing on basic cyber hygiene, your company will be better protected from the most common cyber threats

Cyber Essentials is for all organisations of all sizes and affects all sectors. The Government is encouraging all businesses to adopt the requirements as appropriate to their industry. This is not limited to companies in the private sector, but is also applicable to universities, charities and public sector organisations.

Cyber Essentials is mandatory for central government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services.

The Cyber Essentials scheme has been developed as part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme and in close consultation with industry.

There are 2 main schemes:

Cyber Essentials
The process requires you to complete a self-assessment questionnaire which is independently reviewed by an external certifying body.

Cyber Essentials Plus
Tests are carried out by the external certifying body using a range of tools and techniques.

Whether your organisation seeks to attain either of these systems or simply to self-assess and apply the controls will depend on your business scopes and the level of vigilence you need or want to demonstrate

Businesses implementing Cyber Essentials will find it extremely benefical to install an ISO27001 Management System (ISMS) 

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