Cyber Essentials Plus: Protecting Your Business from Cyber Threats

You are 60% less likely to make a cyber insurance claim with Cyber Essentials Plus. It takes businesses 277 days on average to detect a cyber breach. Don’t be one of them.

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What is Cyber Essentials Plus and Why Do I Need It?

Cyber Essentials Plus is a certification scheme that helps businesses implement a set of basic security controls that can protect against common cyber threats. These controls include firewalls, secure configuration, access control, patch management, and malware protection. To achieve the certification, businesses must undergo an independent assessment of their security controls by a certified certification body.

By implementing the required controls, businesses can significantly reduce their risk of a cyber attack. Furthermore, it demonstrates well to customers and stakeholders that they take cyber security seriously, therefore increasing their reputation. Many larger companies and government departments now require suppliers to have Cyber Essentials Plus as part of their procurement process.

A single data breach can have a significant impact on a business, leading to financial loss, reputational damage, and legal penalties. This is where Cyber Essentials Plus comes in - a government-backed certification scheme that helps businesses protect themselves against cyber threats.

Becoming certified will help you win more business whilst staying secure - it's a no brainer.

The Five Key Controls of Cyber Essentials

Security Updates

Ensuring that all software is up-to-date aids in minimising the number of vulnerabilities present in your systems. This applies to: Operating System (OS) firmware (in your firewalls and routers) web browser and extensions, all applications, and your anti-virus.

Secure Configuration

Setting up your systems in the proper way minimises the ways a cyber criminal can find a way in. This includes removing unused software and securely configuring ports.

User Access Control

Secure account management and robust password policies are key to securing your business. This includes emphasising strong, unique passwords, utilising multi-factor authentication, and being aware of account privileges.

Malware Protection

Identifying and immobilising viruses or other malicious software before it has a chance to cause harm. Preventative measures such as protection and scanning software should be used.

Firewall and Routers

You need a strong layer of defence to choose what is allowed in and what is not. This is similar to a wall or a gate surrounding a fortress, with your data inside.

How can Cyber Safe help with Cyber Essentials Plus?

At Melius Cyber, we've developed CyberSafe - a comprehensive scanning platform that helps businesses become Cyber Essentials Plus certified quickly and easily. Our platform can identify vulnerabilities and security weaknesses in your network, and provide a detailed report that can be used to remediate any issues with ease.

Our platform is built in line with Cyber Essentials Plus. When it detects security weaknesses, they are categorised into each of the official control areas. This ensures that you can obtain Cyber Essentials accreditation simply and efficiently, as you're provided a clear and unobstructed view of what stage you are at, and always know what you need to do next.

With Cyber Safe, businesses can implement the required controls and achieve certification with minimal business interruption.

Due to CyberSafe, working with us will make the process quicker and easier.

Benefits of Cyber Essentials Plus

  • Certified companies are eligible for 24hr helpline to report a cyber incident, which will provide crisis management and incident response to the total liability limit of £25,000.

  • Your business will be more secure.

  • You will win more contracts and tenders through certification.

  • You are 60% less likely to make a claim on your insurance if you are Cyber Essentials Plus certified.

Book a free consultation with a Cyber Safe expert

Our experts can discuss penetration testing, web or mobile application pen testing, continuous protection, and all levels of certification.

Contact our cyber team to discuss any and all of your cyber needs.
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