Cyber Essentials

Since 2014, the Cyber Essentials scheme has been the UK Government’s defined standard for small and medium sized businesses to mitigate the risk of a cyber attack, or even cyber breach. How does your business measure up?

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The problem

Keeping your sensitive data secure is vital – to protect valuable intellectual property, customer confidentiality and the reputation of your business. From 2018, that responsibility becomes even more important when the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force.

In future, any business experiencing a cyber breach that exposes customer data could be liable for a €20m fine – or 4% of their annual turnover.

According to UK government figures 74% of SMEs experienced a cyber security breach during 2015. So simply assuming that current cyber security provisions are sufficient is clearly not an option.

The solution

The Cyber Essentials scheme is designed to be an affordable process to ensure businesses meet a fundamentals standard for protecting their IT systems against cyber attacks and cyber breaches. When put in place, these security controls will help to raise the overall level of protection your business has against cyber criminals.

Unipart Cyber Security consultants are fully qualified to advise on and implement the Cyber Essentials scheme, guiding your business through the accreditation process. By partnering with Unipart Cyber Security, you can be sure that your data will be more secure, and that you will earn the appropriate Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus badge.

The Cyber Essentials certification creates tangible benefits for your business. In some cases, your business must have earned at least the Cyber Security Essentials badge if you want to bid for government contracts. Improving cyber security is a great way to help your business stand out from the competition, proving that you proactively protect against data loss or compromise. Demonstrating your commitment to improving cyber security is vital to establishing trust with insurers, auditors, investors and customers.

Cyber Essentials

Unipart Cyber Security consultants work alongside your IT department to help them understand and adopt the basic best practice security policies and security implementations of cyber security to better protect your business.

Cyber Essentials Plus

As well as helping you understand and improve your cyber security provisions, this accreditation also subjects your organisation’s approach to cyber security to external testing, carried out by Unipart Cyber Security. The in-depth analysis and testing proves that your defences are robust, providing peace of mind that you are well-protected against common threats.

 

Cyber Essential certification specifics

Unipart Cyber Security will help your business implement the necessary technical and procedural steps demanded for accreditation. In our capacity as cyber security experts, we will verify that the necessary actions have been taken and that best practice principles have been adopted to protect against cyber attack and security breach.

The Cyber Essentials accreditation focuses on five key controls:

  • Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
  • Secure configuration
  • Access control
  • Malware protection
  • Patch management

With best practice cyber security provisions in place, your business will be better equipped to deal with the most common threats facing SMEs – ransomware, malicious attacks, denial of service attacks (DoS), human error and CEO fraud. Because the Cyber Essentials scheme addresses both technical and procedural aspects of cyber security, you can be sure that your employees will also be prepared to play their part in protecting your business.

To learn more about Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus, or to begin the accreditation process, get in touch today.

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