As a business owner, you know that it’s important to protect your company’s data. You’ve probably heard of cybersecurity threats like hacking and phishing, and you know that you need to take steps to protect your business. But where do you start?
One place to start is by becoming Cyber Essentials certified. Cyber Essentials is a government-backed certification scheme that sets out basic cybersecurity measures that businesses should have in place. By becoming Cyber Essentials certified, you’re showing your customers and clients that you take their data security seriously.
But Cyber Essentials certification is more than just a badge to show your commitment to cybersecurity. It’s also a practical way to help you assess and improve your cybersecurity posture. The certification process involves completing a self-assessment questionnaire that covers five key areas of cybersecurity.
The Cyber Essentials controls fall into five key categories:
1. Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
2. Secure configuration
3. User access control
4. Malware protection
5. Patch management
Completing the self-assessment questionnaire is a helpful exercise in itself, as it forces you to think about your cybersecurity measures and whether they are adequate. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you submit it to a certifying body for assessment. If you pass the assessment, you’re awarded the Cyber Essentials certification.
Why Do It?
Becoming Cyber Essentials certified is a good way to show your customers and clients that you take their data security seriously. It’s also a practical way to help you assess and improve your cybersecurity posture. If you’re not already Cyber Essentials certified, consider taking the self-assessment questionnaire and submitting it for certification.
We have a track record of helping other businesses get their Cyber Essentials Certificate through our consultancy service.
Contact us today and talk to our team about the first steps to becoming more cyber safe.