Achieving relevant business accreditation is a wise marketing move. Accreditations provide endorsement and give reassurance to potential customers.
We all use the Internet to do business and the incidence of cyber crime is increasing. The effects of a cyber attack can be highly detrimental, not just in terms of downtime and lost revenue but also in damage to brand reputation.
It’s important that businesses take measures to protect themselves from a possible attack.
What is Cyber Essentials business accreditation?
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a government-led initiative designed to help small businesses mitigate against the risk of cyber attack. The scheme sets out a baseline of required security measures, which if implemented should prevent around 80% of cyber attacks.
Businesses that sign up to the scheme and implement the designated measures are awarded an assurance certificate. There are two levels of certification:
- Cyber Essentials – awarded on the basis of a verified self- assessment. An organisation undertakes their own assessment via a questionnaire. This questionnaire is then verified by an independent Certification Body to assess whether an appropriate standard has been achieved, and certification is awarded.
- Cyber Essentials PLUS – awarded following external testing of the organisation’s cyber security approach.
Why Cyber Essentials business accreditation?
Achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation will not only help protect your business against a possible cyber attack but will also provide reassurance to your customers. They will see that you are taking cyber security seriously and not putting their data under threat.
Cyber Essentials accreditation is also a requisite if you wish to bid for government contracts which involve handling of sensitive and personal information and provision of certain technical products and services.
To find out more about the scheme click here.
If you would like to achieve accreditation for your business we recommend you contact our client, Bluegrass. They are a QG Accredited Cyber Essentials (ACE) Practitioner and have been approved to help organisations achieve certification.