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Cyber Essentials looks at five key areas of cyber security for protecting your business; these areas are:
  • Access control
  • Firewalls and routers
  • Malware protection
  • Secure configuration
  • Software updates
  • All Cyber Essentials related certificates are valid for 12 months only. After this time, you will have to renew your certificate.
    The Cyber Essentials basic assessment involves completing a questionnaire covering the five key technical controls. Cyber Essentials Plus goes a step further and includes a vulnerability scan of externally facing devices in scope along with internal devices. The Cyber Essentials Plus certification must be achieved within 3 months of obtaining the basic certification.
    Normally yes, if you have any mobile devices which access business data (like emails) then these must be in scope of your assessment. This also includes any BYOD devices that are used by staff.
    A device under the Cyber Essentials Scheme is classified as a device that can be used to connect to and use the internet, this includes web applications, email and any other company based resources. Devices are only in scope if they have access to the internet, if the device has no access to the internet, and this is enforced by a technical controls such as firewall, segregated VLANs and/or air gapped networks, then the devices can be considered out of scope and do not need to be included in the assessment. Examples of devices are: Workstation or Laptop Server that provides users access to the internet through a GUI Tablet Mobile Phone (including personal, if access to business resources, such as email)
    In order to get started, once you contact you, you need to check the terms and conditions of the agreement, if you accept these, you must then provide the following information: Name of company to be certified (as against Companies House) Registered company address Name of person filling in the self-assessment Email address of person above Mobile number of person above (to receive password to portal) Purchase Order number (if needed) Finance billing email address Once we have this information we can get you setup on the portal and you can start your journey to Cyber Essentials.
    Once the online portal has been setup, you will have 6 months to complete the self-assessment, any longer than this and your access to the portal may be denied and additional costs may be incurred.
    Yes you can, you can download the latest question set from IASME’s website at: https://iasme.co.uk/cyber-essentials/free-download-of-cyber-essentials-self-assessment-questions/
    Many people wonder, what does IASME stand for? It stands for information assurance standard for small and medium enterprises. The IASME governance controls align with the Cyber Essentials scheme and provide assurance for smaller businesses that they're following best practice. By incorporating the cyber essentials assessment and GDPR compliance, you can demonstrate to your customers that you're taking steps to protect their personal information. Here's more information on IASME governance.
    These security standards are designed to help your organization protect against cyber risks. Cyber risks affect every individual and organization and can be extremely damaging. The course will teach you how to protect your user accounts, stop hackers, and keep your data safe when you are not in the office. This course is essential for any organization or business. It will help you stay up-to-date with the latest cyber threats and prevent your company from becoming a victim of one of these crimes.
    The Cyber Essentials certification is valid for twelve months, though it can be extended. However, the UK government recommends organisations re-certify at least once every year. If your organisation fails to renew its certification after the twelve months, it will no longer be on the list of certified organisations. New developments in cybersecurity are constantly changing, and failing to re-certify your organisation will remove it from the list of approved organisations. The accreditation body will notify you of the renewal deadline.

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