Do You Need Cyber Essentials Accreditation ?
RJS Consultants can provide assistance to those wanting to achieve a Cyber Essentials Certification under the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme.
The Cyber Essentials scheme is designed to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats and use best practice techniques to look after their network. This will provide confidence to your clients that their data is safe and secure when you hold it on your network.
It is rapidly becoming essential for companies to hold this or equivalent accreditations, in the same way that GDPR made a big impact during 2018 for holding and processing personal data. Unfortunately, no one is immune to cyber attacks, with many companies experiencing challenges to their networks in the past 12 months.
Cyber Essentials focuses on five major elements of an organisation’s defense system to protect against common forms of cyber-attacks. The five major controls as follows:
Our team of experts can guide you through each control individually so that you achieve the Cyber Essentials accreditation. As with all our services, we are particularly mindful about how this requirement can be tailored for small or micro organisations.
We can partner with you to provide this service in 3 different ways, depending on how much you want us to be involved in creating and formulating the necessary policies and completing the necessary documentation – all the way from just providing a guidance document and the necessary templates, through a joint effort to actually completing all the documentation and after your confirmation that it is how you want your security to be arranged, you can sign the documents and submit them for accreditation.
Why Do You Need To Have Certification?
The value of having the Cyber Essentials accreditation is that you have thought about the consequences of a breach and have put procedures in place and erected barriers to keep the data secure – and have plans in place on how to reverse the damage if a breach has evaded those controls that will have been put in place. Unfortunately, no one is immune to every possible cyber attack, and many companies have experienced attacks in the past 12 months – sometimes the breach is caused by an inadvertent click on a bad email, or clicking on a link on a website that causes software to be downloaded and installed on your computer. You won’t be the first person to have made this mistake.
The other value is of course that your clients know that their data is safe with you. Some of your clients might insist on you having the accreditation.