Cyber Essentials Certification

Demonstrate to your customers that you are cyber secure with Cyber Essentials certification

The Cyber Essentials scheme is a world-leading, cost-effective assurance mechanism for companies of all sizes to help demonstrate to customers and other stakeholders that the most important basic cyber security controls have been implemented.

The Assurance Framework, leading to the awarding of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certificates for organisations, has been designed in consultation with SMEs to be light-touch and achievable at low cost. The two certification options give organisations a choice over the level of assurance they wish to gain and the cost of doing so.

The five key controls

Secure configuration – refers to security measures that are implemented when building and installing computers and network devices in order to reduce unnecessary cyber vulnerabilities.

Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways – Firewalls and gateways provide a basic level of protection where a user connects to the Internet. While antivirus software helps to protect the system against unwanted programs, a firewall helps to keep attackers or external threats from getting access to your system in the first place.

Access controls – User accounts, particularly those with special access privileges (e.g. administrative accounts) should be assigned only to authorised individuals, managed effectively, and provide the minimum level of access to applications, computers and networks.

Patch management –  Keeping software on computers and network devices up to date and capable of resisting low-level cyber attacks.

Malware protection- Protection against a broad range of malware including; viruses, worms, spyware and ransomware

The benefits of achieving Cyber Essentials

The Cyber Essentials scheme provides five security controls that, according to the UK government, could prevent “around 80% of cyber attacks”.

Whether or not you achieve certification to the scheme, these controls provide the basic level of protection that you need to implement in your organisation to protect it from the vast majority of cyber attacks, allowing you to focus on your core business objectives.

Achieving certification will also help you to address other compliance requirements such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

  • Protect your organisation from approximately 80% of cyber attacks
  • Demonstrate security and help secure the supply chain
  • Boost your reputation and increase your chances of securing business
  • Drive business efficiency by focusing on core business objectives
  • Receive £25,000 free Cyber Liability insurance

The Zenzero Cyber Essentials Certification package includes:

In order to help local businesses achieve the Cyber Essentials certification, Zenzero have put together a comprehensive package that is available for low cost per month over a 12-month agreement.

  • Expert Support – A consultant will guide you through the certification process
  • Compliance Software – Access to our comprehensive, customised software to document your evidence
  • Cyber Insurance – £25,000 of free Cyber Liability insurance for organisations with less then £20M turnover

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