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Help with Cyber Essentials Certification

The Cyber Essentials scheme is a cyber security standard, which organisations can be assessed and certified against. It identifies the security controls that an organisation must have in place within their IT systems in order to have confidence that they are addressing cyber security effectively and mitigating the risk from Internet-based threats.

Business Management Systems can provide advice and help with Cyber Essentials Certification and the questionnaire.

The scheme focuses on the following five essential mitigation strategies within the context of the 10 Steps to Cyber Security guide.

• Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
• Secure Configuration
• Access Control
• Malware Protection
• Patch Management

By deploying these controls, organisations can defend against the most common form of basic cyber-attacks originating from the Internet.

The Cyber Essentials scheme identifies some fundamental technical security controls that an organisation needs to have in place to help defend against Internet-borne threats.

Business Management Systems can provide support and best practice advice with Cyber Essentials Certification.

There are many types of people who pose a risk to business information assets:

• Those interested in making money through fraud or from the sale of valuable information
• Those interested in gaining an economic advantage for their own companies or countries
• Those who find interfering with computer systems an enjoyable challenge
• Those who wish to attack companies for political or ideological motives
• Those who have legitimate access, either by accident or deliberate misuse

Cyber security is about protecting your computer-based equipment and information from unintended or unauthorised access, change, theft or destruction.

Good cyber security can enhance the reputation of your business and open up new commercial opportunities.
Business Management Systems can help with Cyber Essentials Certification, we provide consultancy and advice on information security documents and procedures. The service will help with the completion of the Cyber Essentials questionnaire.

What impact could an attack have?

• Financial losses from theft of information, financial and bank details or money.
• Financial losses from disruption to trading and doing business, especially if you are dependent on doing business online.
• The worst breaches can result in a business being put of action.
• Losing business from bad publicity and damage to your reputation and customer base.
• Costs from cleaning up infected systems and getting them up and running.
• Costs of fines if personal data is lost or compromised.
• Damage to other companies that you supply or are connected to.

Every organisation processing personal data must implement safeguards against data theft, loss and unauthorised access. Cyber Essentials is just the first step in compliance to GDPR, and whilst GDPR will require much more preparation than Cyber Essentials, in the event of a breach, your business can potentially mitigate fines by proving to the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) that your company put the right controls in place.

Differentiate your business

• Enhance your reputation
• Show customers you take their information seriously
• Show suppliers you take confidentiality seriously
• Gain ‘Cyber Essentials’ certification and advertise commitment to best practice
• Bid for government contracts

Contact Business Management Systems today and discuss how we can help your business achieve Cyber Essentials Certification.