Nowadays, businesses face a constant threat that has grown increasingly in the past 10 or so years: cyber-crime. It has gone hand in hand with the increase of data available online. Not only does experiencing a cyber-attack cost you time and money in rectifying the issue – it can also result in a damaged reputation and instant loss of trust among your customers.
Common cyber-crime can affect any business that doesn’t have basic cyber-security measures in place. According to the National Cyber Security Centre, nearly 50% of UK businesses were affected by cyber-crime in 2017. Businesses can protect themselves against the most common types of cyber-crime with the Cyber Essentials scheme, which provides guidance on implementing basic, affordable technical controls to keep your systems safe.
Here are just three of the most common scenarios that could lead to a cyber-attack:
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that was launched in June 2014 to help businesses implement basic, affordable cyber-security controls and show customers and stakeholders that they take security seriously. It is of increasing importance to businesses large and small – both in terms of basic cyber-security and helping them comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that will come into force on 25th May 2018.
To gain Cyber Essentials certification, your business needs to show that it has the following five technical controls in place (the scheme provides clear guidance on implementing them):
By implementing these basic controls, your business will be protected against opportunistic unskilled cyber-attackers – giving you and your customers peace of mind that their personal data is secure. The certification is a strong sign that your business is forward-thinking and cares about its customers, perhaps helping you win more business. As your business grows and develops, you can build on your cyber-security with Cyber Essentials as a foundation.
Mike Cherry, National Policy Chairman
Federation of Small Businesses
The Cyber Essentials Assurance Framework offers two main options – Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus – depending on the level of assurance you need and how much you want to spend. Both options require self-assessment, with Plus including an onsite audit that provides evidence of protection against various scenarios involving a cyber-attack.
We’re very good at making sure systems are protected and safe, and would hate to see your business suffer the reputational and profit damage that a cyber-attack would involve.
Our Cyber Essentials guide covers all the nitty gritty of the accreditation and how Cyber Essentials could help you protect your company from cybercrime in one handy PDF.