Cyber Essentials Self-Assessment is a scheme that shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks.
As the majority of cyber-attacks exploit basic weaknesses in your IT systems and software, this will help uncover where the gaps are and help you plug them. It was designed by the Government to make it easy for you to protect yourself.
“This scheme focuses on the core set of actions that businesses should be taking to protect themselves, their customers, and their brand. Cyber Essentials enables businesses to demonstrate that they are taking action to control the risks”
The self-assessment requires an organisation to complete a questionnaire, with responses independently reviewed by an external certifying body.
To helps prevent the vast majority of cyber-attacks, Cyber Essentials is a good first step. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cash flow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off your customers, stop you trading and damage your hard-earned reputation.
Hacking and viruses are getting more and more advanced, according to Christopher Graham from the Information Commissioner’s Office. He recommends Cyber Essentials, explaining: