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CYBER ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATION: WHAT IS IT AND WHY DO BUSINESSES NEED IT?

CYBER ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATION: WHAT IS IT AND WHY DO BUSINESSES NEED IT?

The Cyber Essentials scheme offers an affordable and effective level of assurance for businesses of all sizes. The scheme is available in two tiers; Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials PLUS.

Set out by five technical controls to help businesses with cyber protection which, when implemented, will protect you against the most common cyber threats. In fact, the cyber security certification aims to reduce the risk of attack by around 80%.

Access Control

ACCESS CONTROL

firewalls

FIREWALLS

malware protection

MALWARE PROTECTION

secure configuration and networking management

SECURE CONFIGURATION & NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Updating software and patching

SOFTWARE UPDATES & PATCHING

IS THE CERTIFICATION RIGHT FOR MY BUSINESS?

We strongly recommend your business considers Cyber Essentials Certification if…

✅ Your business runs and operates an IT infrastructure

✅ Your business collects, stores and uses customer information on an online or computerised system

✅ Your business collects, stores and uses employee information on an online or computerised system

✅ You want to step up the security protection of your business

✅ You want to avoid the impacts of serious cyber attacks

WHAT IS CYBER ESSENTIALS?

The Cyber Essentials assessment consists of a questionnaire and external vulnerability scan to ensure you’re meeting best practice standards of cyber protection.

Although it’s not a specific requirement of Cyber Essentials, we perform a thorough scan of your internet-facing infrastructure and devices to ensure they’re vulnerability-free as an additional measure. Working closely with your business, we’ll then complete the necessary documentation and issue your certification.

WHAT IS CYBER ESSENTIALS PLUS?

Cyber Essentials PLUS is based on the same criteria as the initial certificate, but the assessment is carried out on site and involves further vulnerability scans.

During the audit, we’ll conduct a range of internal and external vulnerability scans and test a sample of end-user and network devices to check that they’re well secure against cyber attacks. Once satisfied, we’ll complete and sign off your certification.

DEVELOPED BY UK GOVERNMENT AND THE NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE

The Cyber Essentials scheme was developed to make the UK a safer place to do business online. The certification process has been designed to support any business, from large established corporate organisations to start-up SMEs, with a manageable approach to cyber security.

Widely recognised as a benchmark of good cyber hygiene, certified companies demonstrate that they have taken the necessary steps to safeguard sensitive data and maximise cyber protection. Furthermore, a valid Cyber Essentials certificate is increasingly required within supply chains and is compulsory for any business bidding on Government and UK defence contracts.

As part of the Air IT Group we are proud to be a fully trained and licensed Certification Body, we can help you implement and achieve the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials PLUS certifications. Whether you choose Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials PLUS, we’ll work with you throughout to ensure your certification is a resounding success. We are proud to have a 100% success rate. 🔒

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