What is Cyber Essentials? 

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government backed scheme launched back in 2014 to help fight cybercrime. Overseen by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Cyber Essentials encourages organisations to adopt good practices around cyber security. 

We’ve mentioned it from time to time, but it’s always worth a reminder. Cybercrime is constantly evolving, as is the CE programme, so we’d recommend you seriously consider becoming certified if you’re not already. And you may want to take things to the next level by acquiring Cyber Essential Plus accreditation, such as that held by Net Primates, in order to help build your layers of essential cybersecurity. 

Here are three reasons why you may wish to consider obtaining Cyber Essentials certification: 

Customer care 

Demonstrate to your customers that you put the safety of their data and systems high on your agenda. Having certification signals to your customers, partners and stakeholders that you take cybersecurity seriously. 

Remain competitive 

Attract new business from customers that understand how important cybersecurity is. As cyberattacks continue to infiltrate organisations of all sizes as well as domestic users, business leaders are becoming more discerning over who they are prepared to do business with; those who care about their data, or those who aren’t demonstrating responsibility. 

Clear vision 

How well do you understand the threats to your organisation? And do you have a clear picture of what to do about them? Whilst cybersecurity is not the most attractive element of business, it is vital that leaders understand their responsibilities. When threats are understood they are far more likely to be avoided, or minimised. 

And there’s more… 

Above we’ve highlighted the main reasons to become CE certified, but there are plenty of other advantages.

Gain Government contracts 

Certain Government contracts will require your organisation to have Cyber Essentials. You may not be doing this type of business… yet! What if you suddenly get a chance to bid and have to spend time rushing to become certified? Get ahead of the curve and be ready for opportunities when they arise. 

Help get better cyber insurance 

As we recently mentioned, cyber insurance premiums are on the rise, and the criteria for getting a policy are becoming greater. CE shows insurers that you are cyber-aware and that you have certain basic security measures in place. 

Staff awareness 

Human error is a factor in many cyber breaches. By educating your team on cybersecurity they will become more vigilant but also more aware in their home environments, helping to fight cybercrime 24/7. 

Continuously improve 

Become increasingly more competent and confident at keeping your business safe. The more you understand, the more you can keep threats at bay. You’ll also grow to realise that planning what to do when you’re under attack is vital. 

Take the first steps 

Don’t delay – start your certification today! You can ask us to assist or go directly to the Cyber Essentials website. Either way, begin the process as soon as possible to minimise the increasing threats to your business.