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Cyber Essentials Benefits

Good cyber security should be built on firm foundations. As the sermon goes, you can’t build your castle on sand and expect it not to sink.

Most 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, looking for poorly protected targets.

Just as an organised burglar might send out scouts looking for signs of poorly safeguarded properties, the modern cyber criminal will send phishing emails or network scans looking for vulnerable systems.

Did you know?

The Zurich SME Risk Index makes interesting reading. It revealed that almost one in six UK SMEs fell victim to a cyber attack within a 12-month period. Of the businesses affected, more than a fifth reported that it cost them more than £10,000, and one in ten said it cost more than £50,000. On the flip side, the robustness of cyber security is now a genuine criterion for winning and maintaining business contracts. A quarter of medium-sized businesses (50–249 employees) and one in ten small business reported that they have been directly asked by a prospective customer about what cyber security measures they have in place.

The benefits of Cyber Essentials certification

Protect against approximately 80% of cyber attacks

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

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 chances of securing business

Certification gives you a competitive advantage, particularly in comparison to rivals without accreditation.

Work with the UK government and MoD

Cyber Essentials is a mandatory requirement to work with the UK government. Cyber Essentials Plus will give you the opportunity to work with the MoD.

Reduce cyber insurance premiums

Cyber insurance agencies look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification.

The advantages of working with a CREST-accredited certification body

By choosing a CREST-accredited certification body such as IT Governance, you will benefit from an additional level of independent verification of your cyber security status, provided by an external vulnerability scan. 

Although non-CREST-accredited certification options exist, none offer the same level of independent verification and stakeholder assurance that the CREST-accredited option does. 

Hundreds of organisations have certified to the CREST-accredited version of the scheme, with many more achieving certification every day. These organisations have boosted their competitiveness and are reaping the benefits.

Why choose IT Governance for Cyber Essentials certification?

  • You can conduct the entire certification process online, without any expert cyber security knowledge, via our Cyber Essentials portal.
  • We deliver all the technical tests and assessments, which are conducted by our experienced, CREST-accredited testers. We do not outsource any of the services required to achieve certification.
  • We provide all the tools and resources needed to achieve CREST-accredited certification at both levels of the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Speak to an expert

If you’re looking for help with Cyber Essentials certification, get in touch with our experts. They can advise you as to which of our packaged solutions and services are best suited to your needs.