What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme to help businesses protect themselves against cyberthreats.

As reliance on internet technologies increases, so do the opportunities for criminals and hackers to commit fraud, industrial espionage or the theft of intellectual property. Cyber Essentials defines a set of 5 key security controls which, when properly implemented, will better protect businesses – small and large – from attacks using software and techniques which are freely available on the open internet.

Why Cyber Essentials?

You can prevent many attacks, which use freely available software and techniques, by implementing the Cyber Essentials 5 controls.

You can identify areas for improvement, even if your company has a proven track record of good security, by going through the assessment.

Your business can display the Cyber Essentials badge and demonstrate that it takes cybersecurity seriously by adhering to a widely-endorsed standard.

Essentials or Essentials Plus?

There are 2 levels of certification: Essentials and Essentials Plus. Once an organisation completes Cyber Essentials, the Plus certification is granted if a successful assessment takes place within 3 months.

Level 1: Cyber Essentials

This basic level of certification is awarded on the basis of a completed self-assessment questionnaire, verified by Risc IT Solutions consultants.

Level 2: Cyber Essentials Plus

This is a higher level of assurance. You will work with Risc IT Solutions consultants to test that the 5 key controls covered by Cyber Essentials are working in practice with simulated hacking and phishing attacks.

Risc IT Solutions consultants are accredited by IASME to assess and certify against the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme requirements. We offer consulting services to assist organisations in achieving Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certifications.

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