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Posted 23rd January 2023
We’re pleased to announce BCN Group has been designated a Cyber Essentials certification body by IASME, the consortium responsible for assessing applications for the government-backed cyber security standards scheme.
The designation means we can now support businesses through the entire process of gaining certification, from initial assessment and recommendations right through to certification, further demonstrating our commitment to helping businesses protect themselves in line with NCSC best practices.
We have long championed robust cyber security for our customers, having helped hundreds of businesses identify and defend their system vulnerabilities through our Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus implementation and application services. This new designation means we can now assess and issue certification for Cyber Essentials ourselves too. It demonstrates that we’ve met the strictest requirements to become a Cyber Essentials certification body and underlines our own security credentials and commitment.
Cyber security is an ongoing and growing concern for businesses. Cyberattacks have been increasing in scope, frequency and sophistication over the past few years, with 39% of UK businesses suffering some form of attack in 2022.
In its recent Digital Defense Report 2022, Microsoft has laid out the scope of the problem for users of its environment, identifying, among others, a 74% increase in password attacks. Globally, here are now 921 of these happening every second. The reports also identifies 37 billion email threats blocked, 34.7 billion identity thefts blocked, and 710 million phishing emails blocked every week.
The good news, though, is that basic cyber security hygiene still protects against 98% of attacks – and this is exactly why Cyber Essentials certification is so important.
Cyber Essentials is the UK Government-backed certification scheme for cyber security. It was developed by the National Cyber Security Centre and is designed to give all businesses, no matter their size, a framework for strengthening their security posture, guarding against online attacks, and protecting themselves across key attack vectors.
As the standard for cyber security best practices, Cyber Essentials covers the five key control areas:
Cyber Essentials also covers basic security requirements for wireless devices and Cloud services.
All businesses are vulnerable to cyberattack, and falling victim to one can cause devastating financial, operational and reputational damage. Cyber Essentials is designed to help businesses protect themselves against the most common forms of attack, including ransomware and phishing attacks, which have increased in complexity and number over recent years. Phishing attacks alone surged by 61% in 2022 against the previous year, and represent an ongoing threat to businesses of all sizes.
Achieving Cyber Essentials certification ensures organisations have stringent and robust security measures in place to protect not only their business, but their users, suppliers and customers too.
Cyber Essentials certification is a measure of assurance that your business is committed to cyber security. This can help you:
Ready to begin your journey towards certification? Get in touch with our Cyber Essentials team today.