Cyber Security is one of the biggest features of the business industry in the 21st-century. Without safe and secure processes, your company runs the risk of leaking data due to a breach caused by an external source.
Achieve Cyber Essentials Certification
Cyber Essentials DIY package is most relevant for small companies that don’t process large volumes of sensitive data. Any company with a turnover of up to £20 million is entitled to free Cyber insurance.
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Cyber Essentials helps you to guard against hackers and costly mistakes that ruin your reputation. Whether it’s the most obvious threats or the things that most businesses don’t see coming, a Cyber Essentials certification will ensure your organisation is safe.
What Is Cyber Essentials?
CE is a scheme backed by the Government that aims to highlight common issues and assist enterprises that allow them to go under the radar. The program does this by showcasing the things that the majority of companies don’t know are threatening and offering simple-yet-effective solutions.
This is the most basic of the two accreditations. However, you shouldn’t let this impact your perception of the scheme as a big percentage of leaks are as a result of small problems that escalate out of control.
Many businesses are targets because they are easy to hack, which is why it’s essential to cover the bases. This will give you peace of mind that your systems can handle rudimentary attempts from outside sources who plan to cause your company harm.
A Cyber Essentials course includes a self-assessment questionnaire that is independently verified by a third-party. This means that the Standard Level of Certification allows you to say with confidence that you meet the requirements of Cyber Essentials.
Whether you prefer the standard certification of the Cyber Essentials Plus qualification, your company will be tested against the same five basic security controls. They are:
- Secure Configuration
- Boundary Firewalls & Internet Gateways
- Access Control & Administrative Privilege Management
- Patch Management
- Malware Protection
The difference between the certification and accreditation process for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus is that the former evaluates the five controls via a technical audit. For a standard Cyber Essential qualification, you only need the information you provide to be verified by an assessor.
The proof required for either program is based on the size of the business. Therefore, the evidence is relative, meaning each application is taken on a case-by-case basis. There is no one-size-fits-all policy.
Here’s what you can expect during the application process.
- A briefing: We’ll walk you through the foundation of the scheme and highlight things such as the length of the course and the required details.
- An application form: In it, you’ll see how you need to provide the necessary proof to support your application.
- The assessment: Once you have completed the form and sent it to us, we’ll review the information and inform you whether you have been successful.
- The interview: The last part of the process is for the service owner to attend an interview.
- Certification: Congratulations – you’re Cyber Essentials qualified!
We always offer feedback on failed applications so that you can assess your weak spots and provide the evidence required to secure your certificate.
Why Is Cyber Essentials A Good Thing?
There are a plethora of benefits included in your qualification. Firstly, the basic certificate is a legal requirement for UK government suppliers or anyone bidding for the contracts. Without it, you can’t show that you’re able to handle sensitive and personal information securely, and you’ll be rejected.
Also, the Cyber Essentials certification includes liability insurance for certified businesses. For £300 plus VAT, you receive peace of mind that you’re covered for anything cybersecurity-related.
You must be certified and have a turnover of £20m or less per year.
A UK government backed certificate. This provides a level of assurance to all Stakeholders that there is an acceptable level of defences in place.
It is now mandatory for all central government contracts advertised after 1 October 2014 which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. This means that any potential external supplier to the public sector will be unable to do so without this certificate.
This is the most relevant for small companies that don’t process large volumes of sensitive data. Any company with a turnover of up to £20 million is entitled to free Cyber Insurance.
How JVR Consultancy Can Help
All of the above may sound complicated, but they are basic security problems that are easy to fix. At JVR Consultancy, we can empower you to take your company’s safety to the next level by assessing and certifying you as Cyber Essentials qualified.
As one of only 42 organisations in the UK to be accredited by the IASME Consortium in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre, we can assess your application and certify you as Cyber Essentials ready. Plus, we offer vital advice that will boost your chances of succeeding in the first attempt.
Cyber Essentials is backed by the government, which is why it’s essential to contact us as soon as possible for a free analysis on your current systems and a road map on how best for you to progress. As one of few consultancies in the UK to be accredited by the IASME Consortium in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre, we can assess your application and certify
For your free Cyber check get in touch with us today.
Why do I need Cyber Insurance?
Being compliant to Cyber Essentials has been shown to significantly reduce the likelihood and severity of a data breach. The presence of cyber insurance will provide vital incident response services and cover your costs in your hour of need.
What is covered by the Insurance:
- Liability: claims made against you arising out of media activities and privacy and security wrongful acts.
- Event Management: costs, including emergency costs, following a data breach, including the costs of notifying data subjects. These might typically include payment for Legal, IT, Forensic & PR specialists.
- Extortion Demands: ransoms and other cyber extortion.
- Regulatory Investigations: defence costs & regulatory fines (where insurable by law).
- Business Interruption: Loss of profit and / or operational expenses caused by a network compromise.
Loss of Electronic Data: costs of remedying the issue that allowed the loss or damage to your data and costs to replace, restore or update your data.
[To the limit of the policy liability]
Who is the insurer?
The insurance is provided by AXA XL, a division of AXA. In the event of a claim they will appoint their specialist consultants to assist and advise you and your IT team.
Free Cyber Insurance
A fantastic benefit with achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation is the free cyber insurance provided by AXA XL, a division of AXA.
How do you access your risk?
Cyber Security is undertaken by performing a risk assessment via a full audit with one of specialists
There are three main areas for this assessment:
Being the victim of a cyber-attack can result from weaknesses in any one of these three areas.
A cyber-attack is very serious for any organisation as it may well result in:
- Fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
- Potential class action from customers of any personal data lost
- A loss in brand prestige due to the adverse publicity and potential loss of business
We can provide the following services on a competitive basis:
- Data Protection & GDPR Advice
- Data Protection & GDPR Audits
- Cyber Security Audits & Advice
- Data Breach Management
- Subject Access Request Management Information Management Consultancy Cyber Essentials Accreditation
- ISO 27001 Accreditation
- Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation
- Data Protection Officer (DPO) as a Service
- Data Protection and Cyber Security Training & Awareness – all staff levels
For a thorough insight into the impact of a cyber attack o your business and how you can prevent it please contact our certified advisory team on 01628 56 52 56.