Just to bring you up to speed if you didn’t read our introductory article on this subject, Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme that provides cybersecurity certification to both small and large businesses.
There are five key areas that Cyber Essentials certification addresses:
Many SMEs panic at the thought of it because they worry it will be time-consuming with little benefit to enjoy in reality. This is not the case, however, and we thought it worthwhile highlighting some of the benefits any business can experience if Cyber Essentials certification is pursued.
7 great benefits of Cyber Essentials
We’ve started with the obvious one. If you obtain Cyber Essentials accreditation and maintain activities to support it, you will reduce the chance of cyber-attack significantly. The Cyber Essentials methodology and structure simply gives you the framework to achieve this. And it’s worth it.
The basic tenets of Cyber Essentials will strengthen your ability to rebound during disaster recovery. Whether that’s due to physical problems like a flood, IT connectivity problems, or even a disgruntled employee, you will be in a stronger position to get back to business as usual than you may well be without it.
Certification requires that you have taken appropriate measures to protect your business from cyber-attack, so it stands to reason that external stakeholders will gain comfort from accreditation. Those stakeholders may be shareholders, insurers, or collaborative partners. Anyone who touches your business will gain assurance from your certification.
Because Cyber Essentials helps you to address some of the compliance requirements of GDPR (see previous articles published), it will enable you to tender for projects involving personal and sensitive information. Put simply, it’s very possible it will pay for itself!
Often insurers will charge lower premiums to businesses with Cyber Essentials certification. It stands to reason that if you can demonstrate you have taken steps to protect yourself from the effects of cyber-attack etc. you are a ‘better bet’ from an insurance perspective.
Your customers, whether business or consumer, will gain reassurance that their data is secure. This will strengthen the relationship you have with them, particularly if your competitors haven’t taken the step to gain certification themselves. Cyber Essentials, therefore, is a good way to protect the integrity and standing of your brand.
By securing Cyber Essentials certification you are embedding a culture of cyber-security within your organisation. It becomes something that staff live and breathe. And they will enjoy improved efficiency in the IT systems they use, too, because ultimately they become more productive.
If you’d like to find out more about how Cyber Essentials can boost your business, please give us a call. We’d be delighted to go through the subject in more detail with you.