Editor’s Choice Award
Most SC Awards go to companies which have raised the bar in their sector of information security.
But many SMEs and even some medium sized companies have next to nothing in place to protect themselves from cyber-threats, and so Cyber Essentials, receives the Editor’s choice Award for actually putting a bar in place for the first time, potentially having a greater impact on improving information security in the UK than any other single initiative.
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber-attacks and came about after CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ , found that 80 percent of cyber-threats come from less skilled attackers.
In response, Cyber Essentials provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations of whatever size should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats. And through the Assurance Framework it offers a cost-effective mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions.
It does this by certificating best practice – awarding Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certificates for organisations, giving them a choice over the level of assurance they wish to gain and the cost of doing so. It lets them achieve the right balance between providing additional assurance of an organisation’s commitment to implementing cyber-security to third parties, while retaining a simple and low cost mechanism for doing so.
When properly implemented, the set of controls defined by Cyber Essentials will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threats coming from the Internet. In particular, it focuses on threats which require low levels of attacker skill, and which are widely available online. Risk management is the fundamental starting point but the focus for Cyber Essentials is the basic cyber-hygiene that needs to become the minimum de-facto standard across the information security industry.
Securious are a Cyber Essentials Certification Body, and perfectly positioned to assist with your Cyber Essentials strategy.
If you are based in Devon or further afield, do get in touch to discuss your requirements.