More than 1,000 companies have now adopted the Cyber Essentials scheme, the UK Government-backed scheme that is designed to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats. This was announced in a press release published on the UK Government website.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:
“Trust and confidence in UK online security is crucial for consumers, businesses and investors. We want to make the UK the safest place in the world to do business online and Cyber Essentials is a great and simple way firms can protect themselves.”
The new announcement also reveals that 74% of small businesses and 90% of major businesses suffered a data breach in the last year. The UK Government warns “about the growing risk of cyber attacks” and urges businesses across the country “to protect themselves by taking up the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme”.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials mandates the basic controls that all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common Internet-based threats. Moreover, it provides a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken essential precautions to secure against the majority of cyber risks.
The five key controls of the Cyber Essential scheme are:
How to achieve Cyber Essentials certification
As a CREST member and CREST-accredited certification body for the Cyber Essentials scheme, IT Governance can assist you in preparing for certification on a budget that is suitable to you, and follows your preferred approach and pace.