Why you should get Cyber Essentials? Blog 1 of 4

Why you should get Cyber Essentials? Blog 1 of 4

Why should I get Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cashflow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off your customers, stop you trading and damage your hard-earned reputation. It could also be reported in the local media. Loss of data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.

The Cyber Essentials scheme has been developed by the UK Government and industry to fulfil two functions.

  1. It provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats (Implementation) and
  2. through the Assurance Framework it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions (Certification).

Having a Cyber Essentials badge will

  • Protect your organisation against common cyber threats
  • Show your customers you take this issue seriously
  • Enable you to bid for Government contracts.

Since October 2014 Cyber Essentials has been mandatory for suppliers of Government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing some ICT products and services. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge enables you to bid for these contracts.

Getting Cyber Essentials is a great way to protect your organisation against common cyber threats.

Contact one of the Accreditation Bodies listed below to start your assessment.

For more information about Cyber Essentials please give Fred a call at FGS to find out more.

Tel: 01274 973600 or email enquiries@fgsservices.co.uk

Speak to Fred for: Office 365, Bespoke Software, AVG Managed Workplace, Sage, IT Hardware and DarkLight future proofed Internet!

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