Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that is comprised of 5 strategies which work together to actively prevent cyber attacks. Presently, all organisations and suppliers that deal with secure government data are required to hold a Cyber Essentials Certificate, and they want to build upon this to encourage more businesses to also take the time to put processes in place and become Cyber Essentials Certified.
Increase security within the supply chain
With most businesses there is a supply chain, whether this is suppliers, distributers, or white label service providers. These different areas within the supply chain give access to certain sensitive information, so without sufficient levels of security, each different stage in the supply chain poses security risks. Working only with suppliers and partners who are Cyber Essentials Certified ensures that the highest levels of security are consistently maintained.
Greater customer trust and data protection
Cyber Essentials allows organisations to demonstrate their security levels to their customers, and other parties to show how they maintain the highest data protection levels. This gives you a competitive advantage over others within your industry, since you can offer unparalleled security and lower risk solutions to your clients.
Other benefits of being Cyber Essentials Certified
There are also a number of other benefits that Cyber Essentials Certification can bring to your business, including saving money in some areas. For example, insurance can be cheaper since you can prove that measures are in place to optimise security and reduce the chance of a cyber attack. It also works hand in hand with ensuring that you are compliant with regulations such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the UK Data Protection Act 1998, as the steps it requires also help you to meet checks for these regulations.
Improve awareness of cyber threats
As the government pushes companies to become Cyber Essentials Certified, it is also self-fulfilling in that it also increases the overall awareness of cyber threats and the need to protect against them. This means that internally they can also put measures in place such as delegating responsibility for data management, disposal and more.
Find out more about becoming Cyber Essentials Certified by giving Marathon a call today on 020 8329 1000 or visiting our Cyber Essentials Certification page for more details.