Cyber Essentials is a UK Government information assurance scheme launched in 2014 operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The main purpose is to encourage businesses and organisations to adopt best practices with the security of information they hold.
As and from 1st October 2014, Government departments requires all suppliers bidding for Government contracts that involves the handling of sensitive and personal data be certified in accordance with the Cyber Essentials scheme.
Cyber Essentials is suitable for all organisations, of any size, in any sector.
A technical audit of current systems within an organistation or business including an external vulnerability assessment, an internal systems scan and an on site assessment.
A Cyber Essentials review would make recommendations that helps protect against common cyber attacks. Although it would be impossible to safeguard against every attack, Cyber Essentials helps organisations mitigate the risks of the common attacks and provides SME with a good understanding and base to work from.
The main purpose of Cyber Essentials is to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.