Cyber Essentials is an official UK wide, government-backed certification that helps companies guard against the most common cyber threats and reduce risk by at least 80%. It also allows us to demonstrate our commitment to cyber security to prospective customers.
The Government worked with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF) to develop Cyber Essentials, a set of basic technical controls to help organisations protect themselves against common online security threats.
The full scheme, launched on 5 June 2014, enables organisations to gain one of two Cyber Essentials badges. It is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations which are offering incentives for businesses.
This certification is suitable for all organisations, of any size, in any sector.
From 1 October 2014, Government requires all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme.
What is Cyber Essentials?
This certification is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that helps to protect organisations, whatever their size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.
Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. Our advice is designed to prevent these attacks.
There are two levels of certification:
Their self-assessment option gives you protection against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks. This is important because vulnerability to simple attacks can mark you out as target for more in-depth unwanted attention from cyber criminals and others.
Certification gives you peace of mind that our defences will protect against the vast majority of common cyber attacks simply because these attacks are looking for targets which do not have the Cyber Essentials technical controls in place.
Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks.
Why Powersystems have Certified cyber security
- Reassure our customers that you we are working to secure our IT against cyber attack
- To assure new customers with our promise that Powersystems have cyber security measures in place
- Powersystems have a clear picture of our organisation’s cyber security level
- Powersystems are able to fulfill Government contracts as we have Cyber Essentials certification
Cyber security and Government contracts
Powersystems are able to bid for central government contracts which involve handling sensitive and personal information or the provision of certain technical products and services, that will require this Cyber security Certification. More information is available on the Gov.UK website.