Introduction to Cyber Essentials
Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, and industry supported, scheme aimed to reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain.
The scheme defines a set of five core controls which are assessed:
- Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
- Secure configuration
- Access control
- Malware protection
- Patch management
When these five core controls are properly implemented, and maintained, they provide organisations of all sizes, and in all sectors, with a baseline level of assurance that their systems are protected from the most prevalent online and cyber threats.
There are two levels of certification your organisation can apply for:
Cyber Essentials provides organisations all sizes and in all sectors with a focused set of technical controls which will provide cost effective, basic cyber security protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.
Cyber Essentials PLUS
Cyber Essentials PLUS offers a natural progression from the independently verified self-assessment assurance activities implemented as part of Cyber Essentials Basic. Cyber Essentials PLUS offers a higher level of assurance of your organisations cyber security defences through a range of internal and external tests of your network and computers.
The UK Government made the Cyber Essentials scheme mandatory for central government contracts advertised after 1 October 2014, which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services.
4Secure Cyber Essentials Services
As an IASME and Cyber Essentials Scheme (CES) Certification Body (CB), 4Secure are able to offer a full range of CES and IASME services, including:
- CES Self-Assessment
- CES Assisted Services
- CES PLUS Assessments
- IASME Assessments
To find out more about these services, please browse through our CES pages or feel free to contact us where we can discuss your specific requirements in more detail.