Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme to raise awareness of the increased threat that cyber-crime has on businesses, both large and small.
Around 50% of businesses have experienced some kind of data breach or attack in the last 12 months, and this number is growing. FAST.
The scheme is suitable for all sizes and types of organisations, including charities, voluntary organisations and local authorities.
What areas does Cyber Essentials look at?
- Firewalls and Internet Gateways
What types of devices do you have in place? What are their configurations, and security protections i.e. the password complexity policy.
- Network and Device Configuration
What software do you have installed? How is it configured? Do you change the default settings and ensure password complexity?
- Software Patching
Do you have processes in place to ensure all devices on the network, i.e. servers, workstations and laptops, are updated/patched on a regular basis with all security patches implemented?
- User Accounts/Domain Security
Do you know who has access to what data? Do you have the right controls and processes in place to keep data safe on each device and platform? What’s your process for dealing with leavers from the organisation?
- Malware Protection
Do you have adequate anti-virus/anti-malware solutions in place? How do you ensure its maintained and up to date?
Cyber Essentials and GDPR
As you’re probably aware, unless you’ve been living in the jungle for the past year, there’s a new regulation on the horizon called ‘General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)’. The GDPR comes into force in May 2018 and covers a much wider remit than the current Data Protection Act.
We believe, Cyber Essentials is a great first step towards many of the key areas that GDPR is designed to address, such as data backup and protecting yourself from malicious cyber-attacks.
Learn more about how Mirus can help you start on a path towards achieving your Cyber Essentials Certification.
What’s the benefit to your business?
Cyber Essentials can help prevent a large number of attacks (but not all!), investing in a government backed scheme to help to guard your organisation from a Cyber Attack, is a positive move towards GDPR compliancy. Having the Cyber Essentials badge will
- Help protect your organisation from cyber threats
- Demonstrate to clients, investors and suppliers you take cyber security seriously
- Enable you to bid for local and national government contracts
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