In the age of data, cyber crime is constantly on the rise; hackers do not care what your organisation is or where you are located, data is what they want, so data is what they will try to get, at any cost. It is common knowledge by now that it is extremely important to protect your organisation from becoming a victim of cyber crime, but are people really educated enough to know what to do or even where to start in the battle against cyber crime?
At The One Point, we are Cyber Essentials Certified, which means our organisation is provided with clear and simple instructions on what essential security controls we need in place to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cyber crime. Since becoming certified, we have been able to assist a number of our customers to become certified also, ensuring they have the highest possible security in place, giving them and their customers peace-of-mind.
The following information is taken from the Cyber Essentials webiste:
How can Cyber Essentials help you?
Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its 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. They're the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it's unlocked. Our advice is designed to prevent these attacks.
Three levels of engagement:
Not everyone has the time or resources needed to develop a full-on cyber security system. So we've designed Cyber Essentials to fit with whatever level of commitment you are able to sustain. There are three levels of engagement:
The simplest is to familiarise yourself with cyber security terminology, gaining enough knowledge to begin securing your IT.
If you need more certainty in your cyber security, you can go for basic, or entry level Cyber Essentials certification.
For those who want to take cyber security further, you can go for Cyber Essentials Plus certification.
Our Trusted IT & MDM Specialist, Bryn Abbott, put together a list of reasons to consider becoming Cyber Essentials Certified:
Great opportunity to audit your internal security.
Helps protect against common threats.
Demonstrate to your customers that you take your cyber security seriously.
Great step to help with GDPR - also provides a skeleton framework for moving onto ISO27001.
Enables bids for Government contracts.