Whether you work for a large organisation or a small business, it’s important that you understand how to protect your business from cyber security threats. Cyber Essentials can provide you with the basic steps it needs to protect your business from the most common cyber attacks.

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government-backed scheme designed to protect businesses from cyber-attacks, and demonstrate their commitment to cyber security. Although cyber-attacks can range in size and sophistication, the majority are relatively simple. Supported by the National Cyber Security Centre, Cyber Essentials outlines 5 basic steps that all businesses should take to protect themselves from 80% of common cyber attacks.

What Does Cyber Essentials Cover?

The Cyber Essentials scheme consists of 5 security controls that your business should have in place to reduce the impact of security threats including ransomware, malware, and phishing attacks. The 5 main areas that Cyber Essentials covers are: virus and malware protection, software updates, firewalls and routers, account access controls, and secure device configuration. By addressing these security basics, your business will be able to gain its Cyber Essentials certification.

Why Should My Business Have a Cyber Essentials Certification?
  • Compliance: Many organisations, particularly those in regulated industries, are required to comply with specific cybersecurity standards. The Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates that your business meets a basic level of cybersecurity requirements, which can help you meet compliance requirements.
  • Protection against common cyber threats: The Cyber Essentials scheme covers basic but essential security controls that can protect against common cyber threats. This includes measures such as boundary firewalls, malware protection, and patch management, which can help prevent cyber-attacks and data breaches
  • Competitive advantage: Obtaining Cyber Essentials certification can give your business a competitive edge, demonstrating to customers and partners that you take cybersecurity seriously and that you are taking steps to protect their data.
  • Reputation: A cyber-attack can cause severe reputation damage to a company, regardless of the size. A certification like Cyber Essentials demonstrate a proactive approach to cyber-security and can provide some protection for the reputation of the business in case of an attack.
  • Contract work: Many organisations including the UK Government will require a Cyber Essentials certification to handle sensitive data or provide technical products and services. Your business will need to obtain the Cyber Essentials certification before bidding for a contract.

Through our trusted partners, Carrera UK’s IT engineers will assess your IT systems against the Cyber Essentials criteria and help adjust your systems (if needed) to secure your certification. Our technicians provide an in-depth consultancy service to ensure that your business gains its Cyber Essentials accreditation quickly. Contact us to gain your certification.

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We offer a complete suite of IT and telecoms service solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, including IT support, website design, social media management and cyber security.

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