These days, cyber security is a big business. Cyber attacks are becoming ever more common, with some of the most high-profile global brands having experienced a serious breach of cyber security; Facebook, British Airways and Marriott are just a few names to recently be hit with a fine as the result of a breach. With hackers using ever-more sophisticated technology, information security isn’t just a ‘nice to have’ addition. It’s essential. That’s where the Cyber Essentials Scheme comes in.
Backed by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Cyber Essentials is now recognised as a dependable way to offer businesses protection against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks, as well as installing confidence and trust in your customers.
Cyber Essentials delivers five security controls to help prevent cyber attacks from happening in the first place. These include; device and internet connection security, keeping devices and software up to date, controlling who can access your data in the first place, protecting your business from viruses and malware and using secure settings.
Cyber Essentials Plus goes to the next level, with your information security systems being verified by independent experts for that extra level of protection and customer assurance.
The benefits that Cyber Essentials brings to your business cannot be overestimated. According to GOV.UK, you’ll be protected against around 80% of cyber attacks based on known malware and viruses, giving your customers the confidence to work with you and ensuring that your data is protected as well as theirs. Additionally, once you are Cyber Essentials certified, you are eligible to tender for public sector contracts that involve accessing sensitive data, opening up new opportunities for business growth.
From a practical sense, after gaining your Cyber Essentials certification, you can re-focus on your core business objectives knowing that you are protected from the vast majority of common cyber attacks.
It’s also worth noting that Cyber liability insurance providers look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification and can potentially reduce your premiums.
Gain your Cyber Essentials with MFG
As a CREST approved accreditation body, MFG take a more personal approach with clients to help them achieve Cyber Essentials, whilst – most importantly – implementing every-day measures to significantly reduce their vulnerability. We’re not only here to guide you through the certification process; we’ll also work with you to ensure your systems and processes continue to offer the best protection for your business now and in the future.
Information security is way too important (and often time consuming) to go at alone. MFG have achieved their ISO27001 accreditation – that’s why getting Cyber Essentials certified with MFG means you can be confident that we practice what we preach and are perfectly placed to offer practical advice on more advanced cyber security strategies.