Cyber attacks cost organisations like yours thousands of pounds and cause lengthy periods of disruption. Do you have a plan for what you would do if your customer database was stolen, your website was forced offline, or you couldn’t access your email or business-critical data?
Cyber criminals don’t just attack banks and large companies – they target any organisation which isn’t properly protected, even small businesses – like yours.
The majority of cyber attacks exploit basic weaknesses in your IT systems and software. Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks. The scheme is designed by Government to make it easy for you to protect yourself.
Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cashflow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off your customers, stop you trading and damage your hard-earned reputation. It could also be reported in the local media. Loss of data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.
Since October 2014 Cyber Essentials has been mandatory for suppliers of Government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing some ICT products and services. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge enables you to bid for these contracts.
The Cyber Essentials documents are FREE to download and any organisation can use them to put essential security controls in place. However, applying for a Cyber Essentials certificate will provide independent assurance that you have the protections correctly in place. You will also be able to display the Cyber Essentials badge to demonstrate to customers, partners and clients that you take cyber security seriously – boosting reputations and providing a competitive selling point.
“Cyber crime poses a real and growing threat for all businesses and small firms in particular and should not be ignored. Many businesses take steps to protect themselves but the cost of crime can act as a barrier to growth. For example, some businesses refrain from embracing new technology as they fear the repercussions and do not believe they will get adequate protection from crime. In the face of an ever increasing threat of cyber attacks, the FSB supports the Cyber Essentials scheme as an additional and important tool, designed to help reduce the risk to small firms and improve the resilience of the sector”
Mike Cherry, National Policy Chairman,
Federation of Small Businesses
StoneHouse Logic can help you to achieve the Cyber Essentials Certification, we guide you through the process, provide your staff with training and are also a Cyber Essentials certification body. As a Microsoft Partner with Gold Level competency in the common technologies used by small and medium sized businesses we can audit, assess, recommend and implement the necessary security systems – giving you peace of mind that no other third parties have any visibility of your highly sensitive systems.
We believe that Cyber Security has to be an ongoing process – so our Cyber Essentials service is available as part of your ongoing managed IT service – and your Cyber Essentials Certification is renewed annually. Think of it like an MOT – it’s only really valid on the day the test is done – you need to know your business is still secure one month on – one year on.
StoneHouse Logic are a Cyber Essentials Certification Body and are Certified by the IASME Consortium to their Gold Certification level.
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