By Christie Ogubere

How to get Cyber Essentials Certification

I get calls from clients asking we need to to be certified for Cyber Essentials.

We need it to bid for tenders. So I ask them what tenders?

They mostly reply government tenders.

I say ok that’s a start. Why not look at it from the perspective that we want to be Cyber Secure.

We want to protect our infrastructure and reduce the risk and impact of a Cyber attack and make it part of your best practice?

Now I explain the differences between Cyber Essentials Basic and Cyber Essentials Plus.

This is a government initiative assisting businesses to be Cyber Secure. The government launched this scheme on 5 June 2014.

Cyber Essentials Basic consist of answering self assessment questionnaire by a certification body, your answers are assessed and you be issued a Cyber Essentials Certification if there no compliance issues.

In order to achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus your organisation would have achieved the Cyber Essentials Basic. The next step is an Auditor appointments by a certification body will conducted Vulnerability Scan of your IT infrastructure.

Benefits of Cyber Essentials

It can give your business a competitive advantage; your clients will feel assured that you are keeping their information safe.
Cyber Essentials Certification will enhance your brand.

Protect against typical cyber threats.

Put in good standing to get that government contract.

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