Cyber Essentials Demystified: A Comprehensive Guide for Business Owners

Cyber Advisor, Cyber Essentials Controls

What is the Cyber Essentials scheme

Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme to help you guard your business against cyber attacks.
While some cyber attacks are incredibly sophisticated, the majority are very basic and Cyber Essentials will ensure you have appropriate cyber security in place to stop these attacks.
Developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in partnership with IASME, Cyber Essentials certification reduces the risks to your organisation and shows potential clients that you take cyber security seriously. You’ll also be eligible for up to £25,000 worth of Cyber Insurance cover as part of your certification.

There are two levels of certification available:

Cyber Essentials

You can gain Cyber Essentials certification through self-assessment, putting in place the controls below to protect your business against a wide variety of common cyber attacks. For potential clients and partners, this level of certification provides reassurance that you are protected against the most common attacks. It will also help prevent up to 80% of common cyber attacks.

Cyber Essentials Plus

The fundamental aim of Cyber Essentials Plus certification is the same, proving your business is safe against the same kind of attacks. With Cyber Essentials Plus, however, a hands-on technical verification of your systems is carried out. This is done by a Cyber Essentials Plus Assessor, effectively performing tests on your system to prove its integrity.

Here at in2secure, we’ve spent over 25 years working in cyber security. We strongly believe that protection against cyber attacks is just as important for your small or medium-sized organisation as it is for the multinationals whose attacks make the news. With cyber crime constantly changing, the Cyber Essentials scheme is ideal for ensuring your company has appropriate protection in place. This is why we have all the accreditation and licensing in place to support you.

Why do I need Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials will give you a clear understanding of your cyber security levels, enabling you to better protect your systems from cyber attack. It also provides reassurance to anyone doing business with you. In fact, companies are increasingly looking for partners and vendors to prove their cyber security credentials before working together. In addition, many government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification before you can apply for tenders.
You may find you even gain business from your certification, with IASME holding a register of certified organisations – of course, we’re on there.

What do I need to do?

You can choose to navigate the Cyber Essentials scheme yourself, although we would encourage you to speak to our Cyber Advisor, Evelyn, who can help you understand what your company needs. To have a no obligation chat with one of us here at in2secure, just get in touch.

To achieve Cyber Essentials certification, you’ll need to ensure you have the following five key controls in place.

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Control 1

Use a firewall to secure your internet connection.

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Control 2

Choose the most secure settings for devices and software.

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Control 3

Control who has access to your data and services.

Malware protection

Control 4

Protect yourself from viruses and other malware.

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Control 5

Keep your devices and software up to date.

in2secure understand that trust is fundamental when you’re considering someone to support you with your cyber security. We take our accreditation very seriously knowing how important it is you are confident in our approach, this is why we are not only a Certification Body for IASME but also an NCSC Approved Service Provider.
We’ll work closely with you to understand what you and your business needs ensuring you get the right solution.
If you’re looking for cyber security support, we’re happy to talk.