As a Cyber Essentials certified company, Carden IT are now able to provide Cyber Essentials certification to our customers.
What is Cyber Essentials?
As you may be aware, cyber-attacks are on the rise. Numerous organisations have had their entire operations grind to a halt, losing them revenue and damaging their reputation. For this reason, it is extremely important that industries stay several steps ahead of potential cyber threats.
In 2014 the UK government launched the Cyber Essentials scheme. This is a certification to show that you are meeting the minimum required standards to be considered secure.
Does my business qualify for Cyber Essentials?
To qualify for Cyber Essentials certification, you must ensure compliance in these five areas:
- Secure internet connection
- Secure devices and software
- Controlled access to your data and services
- Protection from viruses and other malware
- Keep your devices and software up to date
These five areas represent the minimum efforts that any organisation should undertake to keep their business and their customers safe. In fact, many companies already meet these standards, so why not make it official?
Why should my businesses be Cyber Essentials certified?
Having the Cyber Essentials logo on your website or marketing materials is a great way to stand out from the competition and lets new and existing customers know that your organisation takes the security of both their data seriously.
When tending for a contract, many potential customers will be aware of Cyber Essentials and will notice if you do not have a logo on your materials, especially if your competition does.
Insurers have indicated that Cyber Essentials compliance is a factor they account for when considering insurance premiums for events like data breaches and ransomware attacks.
More and more industry bodies are making Cyber Essentials compliance a key part of their requirements. For example; it is now a requirement for law firms that wish to obtain Lexcel accreditation to also have Cyber Essentials certification. Cyber Essentials is also a requirement for any organisation that wishes to undertake a government contract whereby they handle sensitive data on the general public.
How do I apply for Cyber Essentials certification?
Carden IT Services can assist you in the process of complying with these five areas of control and once compliant, we can approve your application for Cyber Essentials.
We are excited to be able to offer Cyber Essentials compliance as a service to both new and existing clients.
If you would like to learn more about how your business can get Cyber Essentials certified, speak to one our sales team today.