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lindahudson   , 30

from San Diego

Everything You Should Know About Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials is a Government scheme which is backed by the critical business bodies that set out a practical framework of control areas that business can use to keep their information secured.


Cyber Essentials certification scheme aims at helping organizations to prove a good baseline of cyber security which can assist in identifying the basic processes and procedures required to protect against cyber-attacks. Cyber Essentials Plus is the certification body that visits your office to perform a test which is in line with the Cyber Essentials requirements.

Benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification

Demonstrating Resilience

An organization can take advantage of promoting cybersecurity as one of its core strengths while dealing with clients, investors, and insurers.

Increasing Commercial Opportunities

Businesses can bid for public sector contracts by offering robust cybersecurity protocols as a standard while pitching for work.

Saves Money

Organizations with Cyber Essentials certification are considered to be less susceptible to cyber-attack by insurance companies. This sometimes leads to reduced insurance premiums.

The basis for Other Security-Related Issues

Cyber Essentials forms a starting point for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the other security essentials such as GDPR and Cyber Essential Plus. It also works as a basis for broader information security governance that has been set out by the National Cyber Security Centre.

Control Areas that Cyber Essential Covers

Cyber Essentials certification requires organizations to have these five technical controls in place:

Secure Network Configuration

Keeping computers and network devices secured and adequately configured is essential. The assessment process helps to identify any systems or a procedure which fails to adhere to the standard levels of protection against the use of unused software, weak passwords, and auto-run programs.

Malware Protection

This tool prevents the computer from getting infected by malicious software, including spyware, viruses, and other code that can cause harm. Any software that is used for malware protection and virus removal needs to be frequently updated to ensure that the latest protection is being used.

User Access control

Proper management of access control, administrative privileges and passwords help to prevent insider threats, deliberate or accidents.

Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways

Boundary firewall blocks attackers and other external threats. They also prevent external traffic that attempts to access network servers.

Patch Management

Regularly updating software patching and licensing ensures a secure and optimal performance of the software and also minimizes the risk of the system becoming redundant.