Cyber Essentials Benefits

The benefits of Cyber Essentials certification 

Virtually every organisation relies on digital services in some way, but where there is technology there is risk.

Many organisations – smaller ones in particular – believe they are unlikely to be targeted by cyber attackers, but that is to misunderstand the nature of modern cyber crime.

In fact, the majority of criminal hackers aren’t state-sponsored agencies or activists looking for high-profile targets, and they don’t spend countless hours staking out and researching their victims.

Instead, they’re more opportunistic, using automated attacks to exploit poorly protected targets.

Just as an organised burglar might scout for inadequately safeguarded properties, the modern cyber criminal will send phishing emails or perform network scans looking for vulnerable systems.

IT Governance has been trained and licensed by IASME to deliver Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Achieving Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification with us will help protect your organisation against such threats and give you significant commercial advantage.

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Protect against approximately 80% of cyber attacks

Implementing the five controls correctly will help protect your organisation and commercially sensitive data.

Work with the UK government and MoD

Cyber Essentials certification is required to work with the UK government. Cyber Essentials Plus will give you the opportunity to work with the MOD.

Demonstrate security and help secure the supply chain

Certification shows your commitment to security, demonstrating to your business partners, regulators and suppliers that you take cyber security seriously.

Increase your chances of securing business

Boost your reputation and attract new business by assuring customers you have cyber security measures in place.

Be listed on the National Cyber Security Centre’s database

Cyber Essentials certificates issued in the previous 12 months will be displayed on the NCSC website, showing suppliers your commitment to protecting your and your customers’ data.

The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has reviewed what influence Cyber Essentials has on cyber security attitudes and behaviours. It found:

  • 93% of certified organisations are confident that they are protected against common, Internet-based cyber attacks;
  • 61% of certified organisations say they are more likely to choose suppliers with Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification; and
  • Certified organisations are more likely to implement cyber security controls beyond the scheme’s five controls, and are more aware of the risks posed by cyber attacks.

Did you know?

The government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 found that four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the previous year.

The financial effects of these breaches can be considerable: the average cost for all organisations in the past 12 months is estimated to be 8,460, and for medium and large businesses it’s higher, at £13,400.

Why choose IT Governance for Cyber Essentials certification?

  • We are one of the founding Cyber Essentials certification bodies and remain one of the largest in the UK.
  • ​We have issued more than 5,500 certifications worldwide and our broad range of fixed-price services has helped thousands of organisations achieve baseline cyber security.
  • Our Cyber Essentials services have received an excellent NPS (Net Promoter Score) of +68.
  • We deliver all the technical tests and assessments, which are conducted by our experienced, qualified testers. We do not outsource any of the services required to achieve certification.
  • We provide all the tools and resources needed to achieve certification at both levels of the Cyber Essentials scheme.

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