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  • How do I protect my organisation from malicious cyber attacks in the future?
  • How can I reduce the vulnerability of my organisation, both efficiently and economically?

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported initiative to provide organisations within and supplying to the public sector with a way of proving that they have a basic level of cyber security controls in place. This initiative was undertaken for two main reasons:

  • so companies and their owners understand the basic principles of cyber security
  • to show customers, investors and others that those companies have taken basic precautions against cyber attacks

Recently, Cyber Essentials certification has become extremely important for buyers within the public sector too.

A number of high-profile cyber attacks that have occurred in recent years have demonstrated just how under-prepared even large organisations often are to deal with these threats. The WannaCry ransomware attack of May 2017 in particular showed just how exposed UK public sector bodies are to newer, more sophisticated cyber attacks – the NHS was the worst hit out of all the organisations targeted worldwide.

It has been predicted that such attacks will continue, with the head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre stating that a major cyber attack on the UK is a matter of “when, not if”.

It is essential that public sector organisations take the right precautions to protect themselves against cyber attack – which is where Cyber Essentials can help.

Key Features

Benefits to your business

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Benefits to your business

  • Protects against over 80% of common cyber threats
  • Certification supports your organisation in the public sector
  • Cyber Essentials branding to showcase your certification
  • Helps to get your organisation ready for GDPR
  • Certification allows you to apply for public sector tenders requiring accreditation because they involve handling sensitive information or providing certain technical products and services.
  • Identifying any areas in your organisations cyber security that need improvement

What does it cost

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What does it cost

  • Annual subscription prices start from £445.00 excl. VAT / year and includes:
  • Access to the online self-assessment questionnaire
  • Inclusive support and advice throughout application process
  • No additional costs for retests or Gap Analysis
  • Includes certificate and Cyber Essentials branding for your business
  • Provides 12 months’ certification upon successful application
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How can you protect yourself?

In the National Cyber Security Strategy (2016-2021) released by the UK Government, the goal has been set that by 2021 the UK will be:

“… secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and confident in the digital world.”

The public sector holds large quantities of sensitive data, and it is important that moving forward in the current climate all public sector bodies possess the knowledge and ability to defend themselves against cyber threats, which means investing greater security into the supply chain.

Being certified compliant with Cyber Essentials is just as important to the public sector as it is to the private sector as it demonstrates to your clients, stakeholders and partners that your organisation holds itself to a high standard of cyber security in accordance with the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme.

If your organisation hasn’t already joined the Cyber Essentials scheme, then now is the time to do so.

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