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Cyber Essentials - Protect your business against cyber threats

Posted by CatherineApril 25, 20170 comments

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Cyber-attacks cost organisations like yours thousands of pounds and cause lengthy periods of disruption. Do you have a plan for what you would do if your customer database was stolen, your website was forced offline, or you couldn’t access your email or business-critical data?

Cyber criminals don’t just attack banks and large companies - they target any organisation which isn’t properly protected, even small businesses - like yours.

The majority of cyber-attacks exploit basic weaknesses in your IT systems and software. 

Cyber Essentials:

Cyber Essentials is a scheme designed by Government to make it easy for you to protect yourself. Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks. 

If you haven’t taken steps to protect yourself, take action now. It’s easy to get good, basic protection in place with Cyber Essentials.

Why should I get Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber-attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cash flow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off your customers, stop you trading and damage your hard-earned reputation. It could also be reported in the local media. Loss of data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.

Cyber Essentials requires your organisation to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, with responses independently reviewed by an external certifying body.

The Cyber Essentials documents are FREE to download and any organisation can use them to put essential security controls in place. However, applying for a Cyber Essentials certificate will provide independent assurance that you have the protections correctly in place. You will also be able to display the Cyber Essentials badge to demonstrate to customers, partners and clients that you take cyber security seriously - boosting reputations and providing a competitive selling point.

If you are in any way concerned about your security or would like to find out more about Cyber Essentials, call us today on 01707 607100 or email us at contactus@minervauk.com

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