The number one objective of the UK Cyber Security Strategy is “making the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business online”; to achieve this, the UK Government launched the Cyber Essentials scheme in 2014.
Since its launch, over 2,000 Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certificates have been issued, and over 77,000 users have attended Cyber Essentials online training for small businesses, according to a recent report.
While the scheme is only mandatory for companies bidding for UK Government contracts that require the handling of sensitive information, organisations of any size, especially SMEs, and in any industry are welcome to adopt the scheme. Why? Because Cyber Essentials certification not only strengthens your cyber security posture, but brings you other benefits like:
- Enhanced business reputation
- New commercial opportunities
- Improved relationship with customers and suppliers
- Reduction of insurance premiums
Furthermore, implementing the five security controls required by the scheme allows you to improve business efficiency throughout the organisation, saving money and improving productivity.
SMEs, I am talking to you
I said that SMEs in particular are recommended to adopt the scheme. This is because findings revealed that they are not taking cyber threats seriously. They don’t think they are targets for cyber attacks because of their size. They couldn’t be more wrong.
SMEs are attractive because:
- They have poor security measures.
- They have limited resources that they often don’t invest in cyber security.
- They are part of larger supply chains and they are exploited to reach bigger targets.
What are they putting at risk? You can’t imagine.
If you want to know what SMEs are risking by being cyber unsecure, and how they can easily improve cyber security and business efficiency all at once with Cyber Essentials, download this free guide >>