Why Should I get my business Cyber Essentials certified?
You may need to get your business Cyber Essentials certified because it is a requirement passed down the supply chain, or you deal with a government department directly that requires it, most now require it even before you can submit tenders. Some of the biggest UK businesses have also pledged to adopt Cyber Essentials requirements in their supply chains such as Airbus, Barclays, BT, & Vodafone.
But aside from the scenarios where your business has to be certified, why should you get your business cyber essentials accredited?
Addressing other areas of IT security
Whilst Cyber Essentials is set out as a way of checking you are covering the basics to prevent the most common forms of cyber attacks, don’t dismiss it. We recently marked an application for a NASDAQ listed company, with lots of technical security gadgets, and ISO27001 – but they failed on the basics!
The standard will certainly cover some of areas you need in other areas, or on the way to achieving higher standards of IT security. Examples would be in helping you with GDPR compliance, setting a baseline for moving up to the IASME governance standard, or even ISO27001.
Meeting the standard will show clients, investors, employees or any other interested parties that you take your cyber security obligations seriously and therefore your handling of their data.
Being Cyber Essentials certified will mean you can bid on government contracts, but also that you may be seen in a more favourable position for private sector work.
Insurance companies will look favourably on those companies with Cyber Essentials resulting in lower premiums.
Avoid your business being a victim of avoidable attacks
The Cyber Essentials Standard was found by the university of Lancaster to either mitigate completely, or part of over 99% of all common cyber-attacks. If that’s not enough, then what is?
Even if your business has a higher degree of IT security Governance in place, Cyber Essentials is being pushed by the government as an accreditation that is practical and highly efficient at blocking some attacks seen in businesses even with ISO27001
Download our Cyber Security 101 Booklet HERE to see if you are aware of the basics of IT Security.