Cyber Essentials is a scheme backed by the Government aiming to help businesses and organisations alike to be protected against a range of cyber attacks. Cyber criminals target all types of businesses, whatever their size, which is why it is so important to have an infrastructure in place that is designed to keep your business safe.
A recent UK Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey has found that 2 in 5 UK businesses have reported a cyber attack or a data breach in the last 12 months. These findings are suggesting to us that the level of cyber security breaches and attacks have amplified since Covid-19. A huge reason for this is remote working and businesses struggling to manage and oversee IT security whilst their employees are working from home.
One of the most common communication methods amongst businesses is through email. However like with most things, emails come with their own vulnerabilities and security problems. A lot of businesses will have a low security email system in order to receive emails from new and existing clients. A high security email system poses the issue of not receiving all emails which can be disruptive and inefficient in a work environment. This is why it is important to understand how to recognise fraudulent and ‘phishing’ emails and the best practises on staying safe whilst communicating through emails.
From the minute that you connect your device to the internet, you have entered the cyber world where a lot of cyber criminals are lurking with the intent to commit crime. In this blog post we will also mention some of the most important and basic security procedures to keep you and your devices safe.
Most businesses acknowledge the importance that cyber security risks pose to their business. However, we haven’t seen many businesses prioritise their cyber security and many have failed to develop any strategies to effectively respond to these cyber threats. A study by Microsoft in 2019 has found that 62% of executives ranked cyber security as the top-five risk management priority and only 30% had developed a risk management plan to manage the cyber security risks.
Cyber essentials certification is an assessment that takes place internally & performs a check of your security systems. Cyber Essentials Plus certification requires a third party vulnerability assessment of your security systems in order to earn your accreditation.