We are very excited to announce that we are now Cyber Essentials certified. The certification process involved a full assessment of our systems which has been independently verified and we were presented with the certificate displayed above last week.
Not sure what Cyber Essentials is?
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a cyber security standard against which organisations can be assessed and certified. The scheme is based on the ’10 Steps to Cyber Security’ which was launched by the government in 2012. Within this the government urged companies to take ownership of their cyber risks and ensure a minimum level of cyber security. Despite this many companies continued to leave themselves open to attacks. Following a call for a standard to be introduced for organisational cyber security the Cyber Essentials scheme was formalised in November 2013. The Cyber Essentials scheme identifies the security controls that a company should have in place to mitigate the risk from cyber threats.
Does your organisation need Cyber Essentials Certification?
With the GDPR coming into effect in May and the growing number of cyber threats and malware, all organisations should be focusing on their cyber security. The controls and mitigation strategies that are incorporated within the certification are applicable to all organisations, of all sizes and in all sectors. The Cyber Essentials certification can be a great selling point for an organisation to demonstrate to their customers that they take cyber security seriously. Something that is becoming more important to customers with so many large scale cyber attacks occuring.
The Cyber Essentials Scheme focuses on five main strategies within the 10 Steps to Cyber Security guide:
- Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
- Secure Configuration
- Access Control
- Malware Protection
- Patch Management
If you would like know more about the Cyber Essentials Certification or cyber security in general contact us now or visit www.qlicit.com/managed-it-services/cyber-security/