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 reduce the risk of a successful attack.
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 offer 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.
Since 1 January 2016, all MOD suppliers are required to comply with the Cabinet Office Procurement Policy Note 09/04. This means that you need to have Cyber Essentials certification if you are looking to win contracts involving the transfer or generation of Ministry of Defence Identifiable Information (MODII).
When the MOD releases a new contract for tender, they identify the level of risk for each piece of work and the organisation that wins the contract will need to demonstrate that they have the required controls in place. This also includes the supply chain as each tender in the supply chain will also be subject to the risk assessment. Find out more about Cyber Essentials and the MOD here.