Prevent cyber incidents and achieve the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications with CYFOR. As an accredited certification authority with a range of services we can guide your business through the Government-backed schemes.
Cyber Essentials is a UK Government assurance scheme, based on its 10 Steps to Cyber Security and administered by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). The Cyber Essential scheme is designed to serve two primary functions. These are:
The government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 found that 56% of businesses hold personal data electronically. Of these, 47% experienced breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.
Implementing the Cyber Essentials controls is recognised by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) as one of many ways of demonstrating that organisations are taking action to mitigate the risks they face, especially if those risks are of a low level.
Cyber Essentials is an independently verified self-assessment. You complete an online assessment questionnaire which is then approved by a cyber security expert. Upon submission, CYFOR will independently review and verify your responses. If successful, we will award you with the relevant certificate and badge to display on your company website.
In addition to providing Cyber Essentials, CYFOR offers the Cyber Essentials Plus certification. This certification stage offers a more thorough, in-person analysis and certification process, involving both independent internal and external scans of your network and computers to test your security.
You must already have the basic Cyber Essentials certification before you can achieve Cyber Essential Plus. Successful accreditation provides a higher level of assurance that your organisation has a strong cyber security posture with correctly implemented controls to defend against cyber-attacks.