Cyber Essentials explained

Cyber Essentials explained

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government-backed information assurance scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre that encourages businesses to adopt good practice in information security. The scheme was launched in 2014 as a joint venture between the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the UK Government.

Cyber Essentials identifies the security controls that an organisation must have in place within their IT systems in order to have confidence that they are addressing cyber security effectively and mitigating the risk from internet-based threats.

Obtaining Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates an organisation's commitment to security and protecting their data. Evidence has shown that businesses that achieve Cyber Essentials can protect against 80% of cyber attacks.

Cyber Essentials is a self-assessment scheme in which businesses self-complete a questionnaire to verify that their IT is suitably secure and meets the standards set by Cyber Essentials. This is then reviewed and accessed by a Certification Body. Once a business has passed, they are awarded a Cyber Essentials certificate.


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