Cyber Essentials Plus – Enhancing the trustworthiness of your business

 

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and its delivery partner IASME, have announced new updates to the Cyber Essentials Scheme set to come into effect on 24 January. The scheme, which was first rolled out in 2014, was introduced to help businesses guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate their commitment to cyber security. The new updates will focus on combating the security risks posed by the rise of enhanced digital transformation and adoption of cloud services particularly as home working and hybrid working are becoming more prevalent.

Data Security is key…

With our world evolving quicker than ever following the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses and private individuals alike are redefining the realms of possibilities they previously held true. Perhaps the biggest evolution for both parties is centred around data; how they access data, where they access the data and how fast they are able to process said data. These are certainly exciting times in terms of flexibility and convenience, but also a time to be cautious especially from a business perspective – How secure is the access to our systems? How safe is the data within it?

Cyber Essentials Plus…

Having the right answers to these questions is especially key for businesses in this digitized era where data protection and security ranks high on the priority scales for clients, customers and staff alike. Being able to demonstrate to your stakeholders the value you place on preserving the integrity of your systems and the data within those systems makes you a trusted entity and further enhances the reputation of your business. This is where Cyber Essentials Plus (CE Plus) certification is very useful. CE Plus is the highest level of certification offered under the Cyber Essentials scheme. It is an independent and more rigorous test of your organisation's cyber security systems aimed at highlighting areas where vulnerabilities may exist.

As an IASME approved certification body with a strong background in defence and security, we are well equipped to not only carry out these in-depth test on your systems and processes but also provide guidance on what steps you need to take to address any vulnerabilities there may be. Our tailor-made approach means we work closely with you to understand your current security processes, highlight where there are vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks and show you how to mitigate against them.

To discuss the new updates with a member of our team or if you would like to get a cyber essentials certification for your business, please send an email to cyber-essentials@mass.co.uk