We are pleased to announce that we formally reviewed our Cyber Essentials certification with an third party review of our cyber credentials which has meant we are Cyber Essentials Plus Certified.

 

The business benefits of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber security is an increasingly important consideration for any business. Whether you have a web presence or not, your business will have some degree of connectivity in order to allow you to best engage with your clients and customers. Every point of connectivity is a potential space for hackers and data thieves, which means every business needs to strongly think about their cyber security implementation.

Cyber Essentials allows you to do just that, efficiently and easily.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a scheme backed by the Government and overseen by the National Cyber Security Centre. The aim is a simple one: to help protect organisations of all types and sizes from the very present threat of cyber security. All businesses are at risk to a greater or lesser degree, so a robust security testing process is essential – whether it’s in the form of a web portal or app security testing.

The Cyber Essentials scheme is composed of two simple elements, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is the “self-assessment” element of the program. You will be assisted in determining the cyber security risks that are most pertinent to your business, and with an idea of how they are best mitigated you’ll be able to assess your security levels. Your self-assessment will be then checked by a professional and experienced cyber security services provider, to determine where improvements need to be made.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus contains the elements of Cyber Essentials, but it also adds an additional level of cyber security testing by an independent professional service provider. With Cyber Essentials Plus, you will have your individual self-assessment corroborated and checked, but you will also have an external penetration test and more in-depth testing done on your behalf, offering the most comprehensive view of your cyber safety.

What are the benefits?

Cyber Essentials offers you a clear way to display to customers, clients, and suppliers that your business is as well protected as possible from the risk of cyber crime, which ultimately makes growing your business that much easier. One of the most valuable resources in the world at the moment is data – if you can display that you’re able to keep customer data as safe as possible, it will considerably improve your level of brand trust.

What about ISO/IEC 27001?

ISO/IEC 27001 is the current international standard on managing information security. Cyber Essentials is government backed and a way for SMEs to demonstrate their adherence to a recognised standard in part aligned to ISO27001.  Using a Government-backed scheme like Cyber Essentials can also stand you in good stead if you happen to be bidding for Government contracts and other business opportunities.

What about application security?

Any web based application will require additional security testing (such as penetration testing) to ensure it is secure and the most common vulnerabilities are not open to hackers.  Matter of Software provide a range of testing services including application security testingcontact us today to SUPERCHARGE your security.