Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials FAQs

Author:

Stephen Fowler, Director of Technologies

 Stephen answers some of your most common questions about the Cyber Essentials certification. If you would like to talk about your own cyber security needs, please email him at sfowler@omnicybersecurity.com

 

Why should you get Cyber Essentials?

 

Certified cyber security. Primarily to protect your business, but also to reassure your business and your customers that you are working to secure your cyber security posture against cyber-attack.

The key outcome will enable you to attract new business with the promise you have cyber security measures in place.

 

What is Cyber Essentials?

 

Cyber Essentials is an effective, Government-backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever the size, against a whole range of the most common cyber-attacks.

Cyber-attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. Operating in the digital environment, they are essentially someone trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. OmniCyber Security helps its customers in preventing and securing their businesses against these attacks.

Our Cyber Essentials team will help you to protect your business against these common attacks and demonstrates your commitment to cyber security.

 

What are the two levels of Cyber Essentials?

 

Cyber Essentials

Protection against a wide variety of the most common cyber-attacks. This is important because being vulnerable to basic attacks can mark you out as a target for more in-depth unwanted attention from cyber criminals and others in future.

Certification gives you peace of mind that your defences will protect against up to 80% of cyber-attacks, simply because these attacks are looking for targets which do not have the Cyber Essentials technical controls in place.

Cyber Essentials shows you how to address basic risks and prevent the most common attacks.

 

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus still has the Cyber Essentials trademark simplicity of approach and the protections you need to put in place are the same. However, for Cyber Essentials Plus, a hands-on technical verification is carried out.

OmniCyber Security will assist and advise throughout the process to certification, enabling you to familiarise yourself and your teams with cyber security terminology, building enough knowledge to ensure your IT environment is secured. You will also have a clearer picture of your company’s cyber security level.

 

What is Cyber Essentials necessary for?

 

If you would like to bid for central government contracts which involve handling sensitive and personal information or the provision of certain technical products and services, you will require Cyber Essentials Certification.

 

How do I get certified?

 

Our Cyber Essentials team partner with the IASME consortium and will help you to get certified.  Contact our expert team or visit our Cyber Essentials page for more information.

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