24th March 2023

Cyber Essentials is the Government backed scheme that helps organisations of all sizes to protect themselves against cyber crime.  Accreditation to Cyber Essentials demonstrates to valued and potential new customers that you take their cyber security seriously. There is help to navigate the accreditation process from the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) implementation partner, the IASME consortium. They can also help to explain IT security language, which let’s face it can be daunting.  You can download things like infrastructure requirements and the questions you’ll be asked to think through how this applies to your company here:  Free Download of Cyber Essentials Self Assessment Questions – Iasme

NCSC launched a cyber aware campaign focusing on providing support for SMEs. It’s a myth that cyber attackers are only interested in big fish. They are not. We know that 96% of all cyber attacks are directed at SMEs.

Like many SMEs, BIBA uses a managed service provider (MSP) for our IT operations and security. Our provider was experienced in the process and very helpful in leading us through it.  If upi have an MSP a call to them might help.

There is more help on layering up cyber resilience that could be part of Cyber Essentials and protecting your business through cyber insurance in the BIBA and CFC cyber guide. Proactive cyber insurance includes 24/7 vulnerability scanning and threat monitoring and apps to ask cyber security questions. Of course, if you do suffer a cyber-attack, expert help from an insurer will help your business survive.

Read more about our committments on cyber here. 

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