What You Should Know About Cyber Essentials?

Posted by Linda Hudson on June 10th, 2019

You must have heard about Cyber Essentials through posters, or government website or while talking to other businesses. You might have even come across it as an essential requirement while bidding for certain projects, especially MOD and the Central government contracts. In this article, we’ll be discussing Cyber Essentials in details.

You must look for the Cyber Essentials Questionnaire to get your business certified. Here are a few things that will give you an idea about what cyber essentials is:

What are Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials a kind of self-assessment in the form of cyber essentials questionnaire that assesses Cyber Security. This government-backed scheme ensures that you have implemented the necessary levels of protection against Cyber Attacks, forces you to determine the level of security throughout your network and perform the required changes before you get the certificate.

Why achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation is essential?

With an increase in the cyber-attacks, there is a significant threat of losing critical data. Thus, implementing a security strategy is vital, and it must not be ignored. But to be honest, though you are aware and know it deep down that you should be taking it seriously, there is nothing like the risk of losing a big client or a major project, to promote it to the top of the priority list.

Achieving the accreditation will;

  • Help you to prevent and mitigate the impact of Cyber Attacks.
  • Enable you to bid for MOD and Government projects.
  • Bid for grants or funding opportunities that needs the certification.
  • Increases your chance of winning business from other Cyber Essentials accredited organizations looking for partnering with like-minded companies.
  • Showcase to your customers and prospective customers that you take the cybersecurity seriously.

How long does it take to complete?

Though it is a self-assessment questionnaire, it doesn’t mean that it’s a two-minute job to fill it in.

At first glance, the 64 questions might not seem daunting enough, but reading through will help you to establish whether you’re in the position to answer them correctly. Bearing in mind that becoming compliant might require an investment of time and money for updating or replacing the system.

However, it is recommended to tackle Cyber Essentials proactively instead of being reactive. Working through the questions in a systematic manner will give you sufficient time to consider the options and the cost of any investment if required.

Can Self-Assessment be done by yourself?

Since it is a self-assessment process, you can do it on your own, but we would advise you to work with an expert. Instead of guessing or trying and muddling through, allocating time to work with the experts that understand your systems will make the process a lot easier.

Also, they have a better understanding of the terminology that the assessment bodies look for. Thus, they will be able to work with you to rectify any gaps in your security and will provide you with the solutions to fix them. This could mean that replacing hardware, addressing permissions, and clarifying which aspects of the business are in scope.

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