Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme for organisations to ensure that modern cyber security standards are met. The scheme has two certificates, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. Cyber Essentials starts at £300 + VAT and is self-assessed and marked by an assessor who highlights areas where Cyber Security can be improved. Cyber Essentials Plus typically costs £1400 + VAT and is verified by a third party to ensure that the requirements are met.

Cyber Essentials allows you to know exactly how your organisation is protected against cyber threats, in addition, the certificate requires annual renewal ensuring that you stay protected against novel threats. The most common attacks are completely thwarted by simply following Cyber Essential guidelines, so it is vital that the standard is followed and kept up to date.

Cyber Essentials is also required for some government contracts, so by having this certification you have the chance to expand your business. Additionally, having an up-to-date certificate may be the difference between gaining or losing security conscious clients. Being a victim of a cyber attack can be devastating to a business, be it loss of vital data or erasure of trust, so it is paramount to gain and keep Cyber Essential Certification.

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