3 reasons you need a cyber essentials certification

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that enables businesses of all sizes to improve cyber security controls within their organisation.

There are 2 certification levels:

  • Cyber Essentials – This is a self-assessment that you complete internally, which is then reviewed by an external agent annually
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS – To achieve Cyber Essentials PLUS, a physical technical audit and assessment are carried out by an external agent. The PLUS element is considered one of the most robust and is the highest level of certification offered under the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Cyber Essentials is generally considered to be an accessible cyber security option for businesses of all sizes, in any industry, even with smaller budgets. You should consider obtaining a Cyber Essentials certification for your business if you want to:

1.Protect your organisation from cyber threats

The Cyber Essentials controls have been designed to protect your business from the most common cyber threats including:

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

Research reported by the NCSC shows that cyber-attacks against businesses continue to increase. The Cyber Essentials controls are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that they continue to protect your business from new and updated cyber-attack methods. Read about the latest updates to the Cyber Essentials controls.

2. Demonstrate high-level cyber security controls

Over the last few years, most people have become aware of the importance of cyber security and how an attack on a business may impact them – either as an individual or as another business.

By demonstrating high-level cyber security controls your customers will be more willing to entrust you with their data – ultimately leading to higher customer retention and new customer acquisition.

Cyber security is also becoming increasingly important in supply chains, with many suppliers and clients requiring a Cyber Essentials certification before they’ll do business with another organisation.

3. Be eligible to bid on government contracts

If your business wants to bid on government contracts where you will be responsible for handling the personal information of any UK citizens (such as bank details or home addresses), handling the personal information of any government employees (such as payroll) or delivering IT services for storing, processing, or transferring data, you will need to have a Cyber Essentials PLUS certification as a minimum requirement to submit an eligible bid.

With such sensitive and valuable data at stake, government contracts ensure that any business under consideration for these services is well-protected against cyber threats that could target them.

Cyber Essentials is, well, essential for most businesses given the modern cyber threats anyone can be faced with.

Byte Security provide gap-analysis to help you identify areas of concern within your business to achieve your Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials PLUS certification. Find out more about our Cyber Essentials services or get in touch on 0330 133 5167.

Want to take your cyber security certification to the next level? Take a look at IASME Governance Gold which, once certified, can be mapped to ISO 9001 and ISO 27001.