Posted on 21 Oct 2021

With October being Cyber Security Month, we wanted to blog about the Cyber Essentials certification and why it may be worth achieving for your business.


From experience, and interacting with hundreds of professional service business owners, we’ve discovered many organisations aren’t aware of Cyber Essentials, what it is, and the benefits it brings. Many are also unclear of the risks cyber attacks pose, and a high percentage have no idea what their current cyber security level is.


With this in mind, we wanted to share a bit more about the scheme.


So let’s start by actually explaining what it is...


In simple terms, the Cyber Essentials certification is a government-backed scheme to help organisations reach a baseline standard of cyber security protection.


Why is it worth considering..?


Gaining Cyber Essentials certification will help you to protect your business against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks and demonstrates that your organisation takes security seriously.


What other benefits does Cyber Essentials bring?


As well as giving you peace of mind that you have all the necessary security safeguards in place, it also:

● Reassures existing customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber attack.

● Enables you to attract new business with the promise you have cyber security measures in place.

● Gives you have a clear picture of your organisation's cyber security level.

● Allows you to apply for Government contracts that require Cyber Essentials certification.


“Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked.”


Source: National Cyber Security Centre


What can these digital thieves access from you right now? We can help you find out - get in touch to learn how.


Where do some organisations get a bit stuck?


As often with these types of accreditation, working through the process can be time-consuming and complicated if you don’t have the right level of IT knowledge or know how to fix the identified problems. In addition, to achieve the standard, you’ll need to provide evidence against five technical controls, which can often be overwhelming, particularly if you’re not too familiar with IT terms and vocab.


Assisting you with the process


We’ve helped hundreds of businesses achieve Cyber Essentials certification and our Cyber Essentials certification support service can be provided as a stand-alone option or integrated within our Thrive all-in-one IT solution, meaning we're able to ensure that your business is operating at the Cyber Essentials level of security at all times.


We recently supported a client with their application and received excellent feedback.


“Ash has been fantastic over the past few months in helping us achieve our Cyber Essentials certification.”


We're available to support your Cyber Essentials application, reassuring you that you're completing everything necessary and required.


As part of the service, we'll work through the Cyber Essentials questionnaire with you, identify your current cyber security status, and pinpoint the existing gaps in your security provision. We then recommend and implement solutions to fill these inconsistencies. You'll also get access to all the necessary supporting evidence you need to progress your application.


If you're keen to know more about Cyber Essentials and want an IT expert to take you through the process, please contact us on 01772 684282 or thrive@impactcomputing.co.uk.


With our help, you can get the certification completed quickly, effectively and ensure your business is protected against cyber attacks.


Further information about Cyber Essentials


You can access lots more information around the Cyber Essentials Certification directly from the National Cyber Security Centre website.


You can test your readiness for applying here and review the full requirements to achieve Cyber Essentials in this document.