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Why Your Business should be Cyber Essentials Certified

Thursday, 31 August 2017
Cyber crime against businesses is at an all-time high. In the past 12 months, one in four companies has reported a cyber attack or similar form of security breach.

Why Your Business should be Cyber Essentials Certified
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Cyber crime against businesses is at an all-time high.

In the past 12 months, one in four companies has reported a cyber attack or similar form of security breach. Criminals behind these attacks aren't only after your business' money. In many cases, your intellectual property and data can be even more valuable.

If your company has not yet been the target of a cyber attack, consider yourself lucky, but don't be complacent. You're still at high risk until you have a detailed cyber security plan in place.

How Can You Protect Your Business?

You need to take steps to protect your business as soon as possible, or you may find it part of an ever-growing statistic. Cyber criminals don't just target financial institutions and national companies; often it's smaller firms that present themselves as low-hanging fruit to be targeted for such attacks.

Cyber Essentials is a cyber security scheme backed by the UK government which provides an excellent introduction to cyber security for organisations. The information it includes is relevant to businesses in all sectors and addresses five key control measures that can prevent approximately 80% of cyber attacks when implemented correctly.

By addressing the common IT vulnerabilities laid out by Cyber Essentials, you can prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. This includes everything from a basic virus or piece of malware, right the way up to DDoS attacks and hackers attempting to take control of your systems.

The Benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification

By not taking security seriously, you open your business to significant risk. Data lost or stolen in a cyber attack may breach the Data Protection Act and put you at risk for prosecution or fines. It could also permanently damage your company's reputation and trust with customers and other external parties.

On the other hand, a Cyber Essentials certification can provide other benefits besides the safety and well-being of your company's IT systems:

•    It can save you money – Insurance agencies will often give lower insurance premiums to companies with Cyber Essentials certification, as it indicates a lower risk.

•    It can increase your company's opportunities – Cyber Essentials is required to bid on any government contracts that involve handling personal information. Having it will also increase your chances of working with private sector companies as well.

•    It demonstrates security – Investors, clients, and other parties with interest in your business will appreciate that your firm takes the proper precautions to reduce risk to them and yourself. More than 1,200 organisations have participated in the scheme to date, including major companies such as Lockheed Martin, Hewlett-Packard, and Barclays.

Talk to Us Today

At Pisys, we offer both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certification as part of our IT security services. Contact us today to find out more about how we can make your business more secure.

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