Safeguard Data with Cyber Essentials

Protect your organisation from hacking and attacks with Cyber Essentials certification

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government’s scheme to help businesses protect themselves against cyber attacks and hackers. The scheme gives your organisation a framework of five standard yet essential security controls: Firewalls, Secure Configuration, User Access Control, Malware Protection and Patch Management. Whether your business has the appropriate internal expertise or not, you can use the cyber essentials scheme to help mitigate against ever-present security risks.

What does Cyber Essentials cover?

The Cyber Essentials scheme reviews your systems and zones in on five key control areas:

Network and firewall security

– Ensuring you have basic levels of network security and are safely connected to the outside world.

Security configuration

– Ensuring that you’re implementing the correct security measures across all devices, both infrastructure and end-user.

Controlling and limited user account access

– Protecting both your end-users and data from internal/external threats.

Malware Protects

– Malware attacks are one of the most significant risks facing businesses today. As such, Cyber Essentials reviews all your devices to ensure they are sufficiently protecting your data and privacy.

Patch Management

– Ensuring all connected devices receive the latest software and security patches.

Cyber Essential Certification

There are two levels of Cyber Essential certifications available for businesses:

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is the entry-level framework that provides organisations (regardless of size or sector) with a risk assessment and improvement recommendations. The resulting report will help increase awareness and prompt a behaviour change.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus builds on the basic framework to give you a deeper understanding of vulnerabilities. It does this by scanning all in-scope environments, such as user devices, internal gateways, and servers. However, you must complete the Cyber Essentials assessment first.

What are the benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification?

Cyber Essentials accreditation allows you to focus on your core business objectives, offering protection from most cyber-attacks. In turn, you can drive business efficiency, save money, and improve productivity by streamlining processes.

Demonstrate security

Demonstrate to clients, insurers, investors, and other stakeholders that you have taken the precautions necessary to reduce cyber risks.

Increase opportunities

Bid for UK Government contracts that involve handling sensitive information, increasing your chances of securing business within the private sector.

Save money

Insurance agencies look favourably upon organisations that hold a Cyber Essentials accreditation, resulting in lower insurance premiums.

Find out how BCN Group can support your business

Get in touch with the BCN Group security team today to begin the process of becoming Cyber Essentials accredited and ensure your business is protected against cyber attacks.