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Cyber Essentials benefits

Virtually every organization relies on digital services in some way, but where there is technology there is risk.

Many organizations – smaller ones in particular – believe they are unlikely to be targeted by cyber attackers, but that is to misunderstand the nature of modern cyber crime.

In fact, the majority of criminal hackers aren’t state-sponsored agencies or activists looking for high-profile targets, and they don’t spend countless hours staking out and researching their victims. Instead, they’re more opportunistic, using automated attacks to exploit poorly protected targets.

Just as an organized burglar might scout for inadequately safeguarded properties, the modern cyber criminal will send phishing emails or network scans looking for vulnerable systems.

Implementing the five key security controls of Cyber Essentials will help protect your organization against such threats.

The benefits of Cyber Essentials certification

Protect against approximately 80% of cyber attacks

Implementing the five controls correctly will help protect your organisation and commercially sensitive data.

Demonstrate security and help secure the supply chain

Certification shows your commitment to security, demonstrating to your business partners, regulators and suppliers that you take cyber security seriously.

Increase chances of securing business

Certification gives you a competitive advantage, particularly with rivals without accreditation.

Reduce cyber insurance premiums

Cyber insurance agencies look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification.

The advantages of working with a CREST-accredited certification body

By choosing a CREST-accredited certification body such as IT Governance, you will benefit from an additional level of independent verification of your cybersecurity status, provided by an external vulnerability scan. 

Although non-CREST-accredited certification options exist, none offer the same level of independent verification and stakeholder assurance that the CREST-accredited option does. 

Hundreds of organizations have achieved CREST-accredited certification to the scheme, with many more achieving certification every day. These organizations have boosted their competitiveness and are reaping the benefits.

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