Cyber security is becoming more important as the threat posed by hackers and cyber criminals continues to rise. In response to this growing threat the British government launched the Cyber Essentials scheme which aims to educate all businesses regardless of their size in how to protect themselves.
The Cyber Essentials Scheme is designed to provide all businesses with a clear set of guidelines on how to mitigate the risks posed by internet based threats. The scheme also offers a way for businesses to demonstrate to their customers and investors that they take cyber security seriously.
Signing up to Cyber Essentials also makes sense from a business perspective. With the cyber threat growing, most major companies based in the UK and increasingly overseas expect their suppliers to have cyber security measures in place. The British government, for example, demands that any contractors are accredited by Cyber Essentials. By showing that they are serious about cyber security SMEs can also gain an edge over their competitors. After all, if two businesses are competing for a contract, the one that proves that it takes cyber security seriously is more likely to win.
How does Cyber Essentials aid my SME?
By implementing the measures in the Cyber Essentials scheme a business can greatly reduce its vulnerability to cyber threats. The scheme educates staff in the basics of cyber security and is aimed to help protect against the most common threats. A business can also apply for the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme which offers a more in depth course.
To help SMEs pay for the cost of the Cyber Essentials scheme the British government launched the Cyber Security Innovation Voucher Scheme. The scheme provides small and medium sized businesses with £5,000 to invest in improved cyber security and to cover the costs of working with external experts such as PGI Cyber.
Once an SME has completed the certification process they place the Cyber Essentials badge on their website and marketing material. A company with this badge is likely to be more trusted by potential customers.
Who can certify Cyber Essentials?
PGI Cyber is a UK Cyber Essentials certifying body which is accredited by the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers. PGI Cyber can provide both Cyber Essentials schemes.