Organisations of all sizes across the UK now operate online in one way or another and benefit hugely from being constantly available. Whether this is in the form of social media, staff email addresses, banking online or providing an e-commerce platform for their customers there is, on the contrary, a constant threat from increasingly sophisticated methods from hackers online. Having a cyber security strategy is critically important and is made up of several IT Security components.
Most cyber criminals look for poorly protected and vulnerable IT Infrastructure as well as organisations who hold sensitive data on their employees and clients. As a result of this, many organisations are finding themselves navigating through waters where they may not have the right equipment, or knowledge to protect their IT Infrastructure from cybercrime threats.
What does a Cyber Security framework involve?
The Cyber Essentials Scheme
Having a cyber security framework such as Cyber Essentials to work towards can be beneficial for your organisation. Having key goals can help ensure that the risk of a data breach is minimal.
Cyber Essentials is backed by the UK Government and National Cyber Security Centre. By being Cyber Essentials certified, this outwardly shows your commitment to cyber security. Having a Cyber Essentials certification also demonstrates to your business partners, regulators, suppliers and customers that your organisation takes cyber and information security seriously.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in play, its more important than ever for organisations of all sizes have a solid cyber security framework and make your organisation compliant with the regulation than now.
If your organisation is not compliant with GDPR or suffers a hack of sensitive business data, there can be significant fines which are much higher than the preceding Data Protection Act 1998. The Data Protection Act 1998’s maximum fine was £500,000, however, under GDPR fines can be 4% of an organisation’s annual global turnover or €20 million – whichever is greater.
Whilst Cyber Essentials Plus covers the main topics, the ISO 27001 standard goes one step further. Achieving ISO 27001 compliance, confirms your business is following information security best practice, and also ensures that your data is adequately protected in line with the GDPR. The compliance requirements of ISO 27001 gives you a solid foundation to evolve and effectively manage your cyber security strategy.