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What is Cyber Essentials?

Posted by AZTech IT Solutions | 22-Mar-2019 10:24:38

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre operates a government-backed information assurance scheme called Cyber Essentials.

The purpose of Cyber Essentials is to help businesses guard against common cyber threats and provide reassurance to customers who may be reluctant to share personal information online with companies that don’t demonstrate a commitment to cyber security.

For a fee, companies can become certified in Cyber Essentials, which is the minimum certification an organisation needs to implement in order to bid for new public sector contracts. The course offers insight into cyber security, enabling your business to display its affiliation with the scheme.

It’s important to point out that a cyber attack can threaten any organisation, regardless of size and revenue. Cyber Essentials can be beneficial to any business, at any stage of their online journey.

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What is the importance of staying cyber secure?

You’ll be hard pressed to find a modern-day business that doesn’t have some sort of online presence. Most organisations rely on applications and cloud-based software to process sensitive client data, share and update projects and tasks as well as store confidential financial information. It’s crucial for you and your employees to have a set protocol when it comes to protecting delicate data and ensuring this is implemented at all times.

Your intentions for storing your customers’ details are purely business related and enable you to carry out the service you promise to provide, but to cyber-criminals, this information could be immensely valuable and exploitable. Therefore, it’s essential to keep your communication lines and procedures protected and strictly controlled.

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A security breach could have detrimental consequences not only for your clients, but for your business too, as compromised data could leave you exposed and your public image irrevocably damaged. Furthermore, any cyber attack has the potential to disrupt your regular trading, sometimes resulting in catastrophic financial losses.

Additionally, don’t overlook the legal consequences for failing to protect your customers' personal details. In most cases, you will be facing a fine and potentially, a drawn-out investigation into your business processes to establish any negligence on your behalf.

How can we help?

As a Cyber Essentials certified business, we are strongly positioned to help our clients take measures to protect against common cyber threats and gain the accreditation, too.

Our services cover:
  • Unified threat management
  • Endpoint protection
  • Device control and management
  • Assisting with compliance
  • User awareness
  • Security and risk reviews
Key benefits to Cyber Essentials:
  • Reassure customers you take cyber security seriously.
  • Be listed in the directory of organisations awarded Cyber Essentials.
  • Attract new business with the promise that you have cyber-security measures in place.

Protecting your business and clients’ privacy is a critical task – one that you should not postpone or undervalue. As IT evolves, so too do the capabilities of cyber predators.

Get in touch to find out how you can get Cyber Essentials certified and boost your business’ security profile.

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Written by AZTech IT Solutions

AZTech IT Solutions are an IT Managed Service provider based in the UK. Blog articles and content published by AZTech IT has multiple contributors from internal consultants, directors and IT industry experts.

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