Although many SME’s have been slow to implement adequate cyber security, believing their business would not be a target, recent high profile cyber-attacks are changing attitudes. It is not only larger organisations that need to dedicate resources to protect their networks against the increasing risk of online threats, all businesses are at risk.
The government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme is an excellent way for an organisation to prove to its clients that it is cyber secure.
Cyber Essentials Plus
EBC Group are accredited to Cyber Essentials Plus, which is the highest level of the Government backed security scheme.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a framework that sets out how to address and prevent the most common cyber-attacks. The scheme is designed by the government to show the steps that businesses need to undertake in order to protect themselves.
Cyber Essentials accreditation, is a government-backed scheme and is recognised as an excellent first step towards becoming cyber secure. Having the Cyber Essentials badge proves to your clients and suppliers that your organisation has adequately protected itself and is operating a basic level of security. It is a self-assessment process, signed off by a senior executive, followed by an external verification by an independent certification body.
Since October 2014, Cyber Essentials compliance has been mandatory for suppliers of government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing some IT products and services. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge enables businesses to bid for these contracts.
What is Cyber Essentials Plus?
Organisations can take further steps to a heightened level of protection which involves a check of your security by an external certifying body. This offers a higher level of assurance through the external testing of the organisation’s cyber security approach. This level is optional and provides more in-depth assessment of the security controls to protect from basic cyber-attacks.
How can EBC Group help?
Our cyber team can help your business achieve Cyber Essentials and guide it through the required steps to accreditation of Cyber Essentials. For more information about our cyber security solutions click here.
Government explanation of Cyber Essentials:
Cyber Essentials provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats, within the context of the Government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security.
Secondly, through the Assurance Framework it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions.
"Cyber security is massively important to a business like ours. We hold a lot of personal and confidential information about our clients; we also handle substantial sums of money through the business on a daily basis. Businesses like ours are seen as a soft target to cyber criminals. EBC Group have provided us with a series of firewalls and anti-virus protection meaning that our info and client data is much more secure and protected from cyber criminals."
Rebbeca Widdowson, Managing Partner at Hallmark Hulme Solicitors