Wed 14 Nov 18
Cyber Essentials certification is being increasingly recognised as a cost effective way for organisations to protect themselves against cyber attack, but is it right for you?
Cyber Essentials is a UK Government backed certification, run by the National Cyber Security Centre.
Cyber Essentials certification is a relatively simple way to make sure you have controls in place against the most common cyber threats.
And importantly, it allows you to publicly demonstrate your commitment to cyber security.
Last year saw a raft of high profile cyber attacks publicised in the media. As public awareness of cyber security is growing, more and more consumers are taking cyber security seriously.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that can demonstrate a robust approach to cyber security are more likely to be considered a safe bet by customers.
If you’re bidding for contracts, you need this. The Scottish Government recently launched its public and private sector action plans on cyber security. Both include actions that mean from now on, being able to demonstrate
Cyber Essentials will be increasingly necessary when bidding for contracts. This reflects a general shift towards a focus on cyber security in the procurement process.
In a recent survey
Source: Small Business Reputation and the Cyber Risk, KPMG, 2016
The amount of time leaders spend worrying about cyber security is increasing.
In the last year
Source: DCMS Cybersecurity Breaches Survey 2017
If you’re an SME, there’s a one in two chance you’ll experience a cyber breach. And it doesn’t only apply to companies working in the digital sector. Companies from across different industries and sectors are targeted by cyber criminals on a daily basis for their intellectual property or customer data.
Of the companies attacked last year, 41% said online services weren’t seen as their core business. The reality is that small companies are often seen as soft targets compared to larger organisations who can employ teams of people and expensive systems.
The average cost of an attack is estimated to be between £1300 to £3000, but the damage can be more than financial. Nearly 90% of small businesses that were hacked last year said it caused damage to their brand, stopped them winning new business, or lost them clients. 93% said it significantly impacted on their ability to operate.
Source: Cyber Readiness Report, Hiscox, 2017
Prevention is cost-effective and being resilient is an opportunity to create value and differentiate your business from your competitors. Make cyber security a key priority at the heart of your business - it shouldn’t just be left to your IT department.
Cyber Essentials certification is a good and achievable starting point for most businesses to begin their journey towards cyber resilience. And that's where we can help.
To help more businesses become cyber secure, we’re running a Cyber Essentials Voucher Scheme which offers a voucher up to the value of £1000 to support Scottish SME’s to achieve the certification.
The voucher will give you an opportunity to choose a supplier who will work with you to gain certification and guide you through the process every step of the way.
If your business meets the following criteria you can apply for the Cyber Essentials voucher:
To keep your business protected from online crime, speak to your local Business Gateway or your Scottish Enterprise or Highlands and Islands Enterprise adviser (if you have one).
The voucher scheme is part of a suite of digital support available to companies.