The core benefits of the Cyber Essentials Certifications
1: Risk Mitigation
Cyber Essentials helps businesses to identify the risks it faces when it comes to cyber security and in order to achieve the certification there needs to be specific processes and structures in place every year.
2: Stand Alone Assurance
Broader standards and frameworks such as ISO 27001, PCI, COBIT, or the ISF Standard of Good Practice provide a different type of protection. As Cyber Essentials as a stand-alone assurance programme, it’s affordable for all businesses. Many businesses that already have the ISO 27001 also have Cyber Essentials, and some opt for Cyber Essentials only.
3: Protection from Cyber Threats
Thousands of businesses every year fall victims of cyber security hacks which cost time, money and potentially the loss of company and client data. Cyber Essentials ensures processes and the correct setup is in place to prevent this.
4: Data Protection
At present, data protection is regulated by the Data Protection Act 1998, which is very dated. However, within the next two years the New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. Business owners are now solely responsible for the security of clients data in line with the new regulation. Cyber Essentials helps identify weaknesses and puts processes in place to protect data.
5: Customer Reassurance
Many high value tenders now require the ISO 27001 accreditation as well as Cyber Essentials as it’s industry recognised and demonstrates strong compliance.