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Cyber Essentials explained

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme that helps businesses protect themselves against the growing threat of cyber attacks and provides a clear statement of the basic controls organisations should have in place to protect them.

Gaining Cyber Essentials certification enables organisations to showcase their credentials as trustworthy and secure when it comes to cyber security.

The certification defines a focused set of controls which provide clear guidance on basic cyber security for organisations of all sizes, and offers a sound foundation of cyber security measures that all types of organisations can implement at a low cost.

  • Cyber Essentials is the minimum certification an organisation needs to implement in order to bid for new public sector contracts which include the transfer of public sector identifiable information.

  • Cyber Essentials Plus is a more rigorous test of your organisation’s cyber security systems where our cyber security experts carry out vulnerability tests to make sure that your organisation is protected against basic hacking and phishing attacks.

Being Cyber Essentials certified is mandatory for all organisations bidding for all central government and MOD contracts that deal with the handling of personal information and the provision of certain ICT products and services. Therefore, if you’re looking to bid for these contracts, you must hold Cyber Essentials certification.

A full overview of Cyber Essentials is available for free in the scheme summary document.

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