Cyber Essentials is a scheme, backed by the UK Government, to help protect you, and your organisation from common cyber-attacks. At the present time, the governing body responsible for this service is the National Cyber Security Centre.
Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes. In brief, most happen to be very simple, and is the internet equivalent of trying your front door to see if it is open. Alka’s advice to you, become certified and show these commonly low skilled people that you have the tools to prevent their attacks!
The Cyber Essentials basic is a self-assessment. This gives you the technical knowledge to help protect your business from a wide range of common attacks, and lowers your vulnerability to these. Evidently, most businesses are targeted if they have no technical controls in place, therefore, the basic certification we offer shall give you some peace of mind that your risk is lowered.
Cyber Essentials Plus
The Cyber Essentials Plus is a lot more advanced in terms of benefits. A member of Alka IT Services Staff will complete a hands on technical Audit without delay, as well as the repairs needed to make sure you are inline with the highest, and most recent standards. The technical Audit will secure all of your devices, servers and software with the highest possible protection, to ensure that it is near impossible to commit an attack on your company.
Cyber Essentials Basic:
To achieve the Basic Cyber Essentials Certification you may contact Alka IT. We shall provide you with the Self-Assessment Questionnaire. Once completed you will receive your certificate between a few hours, to a maximum of 3 days.
Cyber Essentials Plus:
The first step to achieving your Cyber Essentials Plus is to gain the basic certification. Once completed, Alka IT may contact you with the option to achieve the higher level of certification. If you have received your basic certification elsewhere, you may still contact Alka IT regarding the Cyber Essentials Plus.
Once you have enquired, a member of our team will complete a rigorous on-sight technical audit, and the needed repairs of your systems. By the time your company passes this audit, the Certification will be with you shortly after. This could be from a few days to a maximum of a month.
10 Benefits of Certification:
This is because of your new understanding on how to defend your organisation from evolving hacktivists and ransomware.
As of October 1st 2014, it has been a legal requirement to have Cyber Essentials to bid on Public Sector Contracts.
By doing everything in your power to reduce cyber risk, you will find that this results in reduced premiums. In fact, by taking reasonable steps to lower your risk will mean your insurance must pay out in events of a data breach.
Instead of spending money on fixing small issues, you can get these all fixed in a singular package. Your employees can then have more time to concentrate on growing your organisation.
Show stakeholders and clients that you are doing everything to protect their data. They will have a higher level of appreciation for the work you do. If you gain a reputation and are considered one of the safest organisations to work with, you will gain a competitive edge in your industry.
In essence, most suppliers and clients will stop working with you if they learn their data is at risk. Become certified and show them how much trust they can have in your organisation.
If your company is at fault in event of a data breach, you can be fined 4% of your global turnover. Given these points, certification will greatly minimalize the chance of receiving a fine as it shows your determination to lower threat.
With Cyber Essentials Plus certification, your organisation will be at the required Cyber Security level to win Ministry of Defence Contracts.
To summarize, you may be eligible for FREE Cyber Liability Insurance if your organisation has a turnover of less than £20 million, is Cyber Essentials certified and is based in the UK. This can cover up to £25,000 in damages.
Finally, a bonus advantage of the Cyber Essentials Plus certification is the latest branding pack, Certified for promotional use. This will demonstrate to customers, investors and insurers that you have taken further precautions to protect your organisation.
After all, customers are always looking for suppliers to have this certification in place.
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