Cyber security is much more than protecting your business from threats and security breaches. More and more, being compliant with recognised cyber security practices and certifications, like Cyber Essentials, is a necessity and could be the difference between growing your business and losing out on new opportunities.
Cyber Essentials also helps you to start your journey in relation to GDPR Article 32 which requires Data Controllers and Data Processors to implement technical and organisational measures so that that ensure a level of data security appropriate for the level of risk presented by processing personal data. Don’t forget that GDPR also requires that any third-party organisations (Data Processor/Joint Data Controllers) that share your data must also implement appropriate standards. An easy way of identifying organisations that have taken data protection seriously would be to ask if they have met Cyber Essentials standards.
A good place to start is getting Cyber Essentials certified and Select Technology can help you pass this certification either as a one-off, or we can support your business with this year after year with our WorkSafer Business IT service.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against 80% of common cyber-attacks. It includes a series of annual checks and technical controls to ensure you are efficiently protected against cyber threats, including hacking, phishing or password attacks. To pass the certification, you will need evidence in support of your answers. You can find out more on the Gov website here.
Why should you get Cyber Essentials certified?
Boost your IT security
The first reason to get Cyber Essentials certified is to supercharge your IT security systems and ensure you are protected against viruses, malwares, ransomware, spam, phasing, vishing and social engineering. This will allow you to raise the question of cyber security with your whole organisation and ensure that your whole team knows how to protect themselves against cyber threats.
Make sure you're compliant
The Cyber Essentials certification will help you ensure that you are compliant with all relevant data protection regulations,including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will help you identify areas of vulnerability in your data protection plan and put the right processes in place to ensure data is accurately protected.
Win bigger clients
Once you achieve your Cyber Essentials certification, you will be able to tender for high-value projects, which require this specific certification. It open new business opportunities for you.
Reassure your customers
In a world where data privacy and security are becoming major concerns, being able to tell your customers you are Cyber Essentials certified will demonstrate your dedication to cyber security and give them the reassurance they need to trust you with their personal data.
Get certified with Select Technology
Our Cyber Essentials Enablement Service helps you to review your current measures and identify any gaps in your existing IT Security protocols. Supported by essential board-level policies and with our assistance, you’ll be able to put in place the IT security measures and controls recommended by the scheme as well as other standards, such as ISO 27001. We’ll help you prepare all the documentation you’ll need to pass the certification as well. We’re confident that you’ll pass first time around, as long as you’ve addressed all the issues we identify.