Today I’m coming to you live from our latest event on the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme at the Royal Mint Court in London.
There is a buzz around the event as leading industry experts, executives from FTSE 500 companies and government figures discuss the scheme.
The scheme aims to offer a baseline for cyber security and sets out the key steps to manage cyber risks.
Steve Watkins, IT Governance Director, just tweeted: ‘Cyber Essentials certification…the equivalent of a car MOT for your IT to use the internet highway?’ Steve I think you’ve hit the nail on the head.
This morning we’ve already had Richard Bach from Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) discussing the scheme and as Dan Raywood tweeted ‘Richard Bach from BIS says phrasing in Cyber Essentials is understandable for SMEs “who are not getting basics right”.
Richard Bach himself stated that ‘Objective 1 of the CES is to tackle cyber crime and make the UK one of the most secure places to do business’.
The keynote speech came from Alan Calder, Founder and Executive Chairman of IT Governance. Alan, a world leading cyber security authority stated that ‘security budgets are still far too low’.
At the event IT Governance also unveiled its three packaged solutions to help UK businesses comply with the Cyber Essentials Scheme. Each solution provides a fix-priced package of services and products for organisations to achieve comlpaince.
Ok, it’s time for some lunch (the buffet looks delicious!). This afternoon we’re looking forward to speeches from David Clarke, a former Detective Chief Superintendent with the City of London Police and Kevin Olver, an ISO27001 auditor with SGS.
There’s also been great interest in the demonstrations of vulnerability scans and penetration tests and how these technical tests apply to the Cyber Essentials Scheme.