Virtually every organisation relies on digital services in some way, but where there is technology there is risk.
Many organisations – smaller ones in particular – believe they are unlikely to be targeted by cyber attackers, but that is to misunderstand the nature of modern cyber crime.
In fact, the majority of criminal hackers aren’t state-sponsored agencies or activists looking for high-profile targets, and they don’t spend countless hours staking out and researching their victims.
Instead, they’re more opportunistic, using automated attacks to exploit poorly protected targets.
Accessing an internet connection isn’t too hard, and cloud office suites and cloud applications make it seamless to transition from office to home working.
But most organisations have never before supported so many employees working remotely, and employees themselves may be unclear about best practice for working from home.
Add into the mix the challenges of dealing with security across both traditional IT and the new digital landscape simultaneously, and there is a clear need to ensure that up-to-date cybersecurity measures are in place – and fully understood by the workforce.
Cyber Essentials is a UK Government certification scheme that helps small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) achieve a high level of cyber security by taking basic steps such as maintaining strong password protection, up-to-date software and firewalls, and anti-malware.
Cyber Essentials Certification demonstrates your commitment to cyber security – while keeping the approach simple, and the costs low – ensuring you have the right policies in place and that your systems will be protected from new and recurring threats over the longer term. See options
→ Prevent around 80% of cyber attacks
Correctly implementing five basic security controls will protect your organisation against the most common cyber threats.
→ Demonstrate supply chain security
Achieving Cyber Essentials certification will help you demonstrate your commitment to data protection and cyber security.
→ Win new business
Cyber Essentials certification will help boost your reputation and give you a better chance of winning new business.
→ Drive business efficiency
You can focus on your core business objectives knowing you are protected from the most common cyber attacks.
→ Reduce cyber insurance premiums
Cyber insurance agencies look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification.
Cyber Essentials will permit you to work with the UK government and Cyber Essentials Plus will allow you to work with the MOD.
Cyber Essentials is right for you if:
You want a base-level security certification to demonstrate that you have key controls in place.
Cyber Essentials PLUS is right for you if:
You are required to have a more in-depth audit of the key controls you have in place, your employees work from remote locations, or third parties have access to your premises or IT.
Epoq IT has partnered with IT Governance to make certification easy. Choose from these affordable certification options for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus below.
Our Cyber Security Essentials services ensure you are ready for Cyber Essentials Certification, but also that your business is on track to stay secure and protected against cyber threats forever.