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Cyber Essentials is a certification scheme that has been developed by the Government and industry to help protect organisations against common online attacks. Cyber Essentials is mandatory for central government contracts advertised after 1 October 2014, which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. It defines a focused set of controls which will provide cost-effective, basic cyber security for organisations of all sizes and through the Assurance Framework it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions.
Cyber Essentials is recommended for organisations looking for a base level Cyber Security test where IT is a business enabler rather than a core deliverable. It is mainly applicable where IT systems are primarily based on Common-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products rather than large heavily customised, complex solutions.
Cyber Essentials is a certification awarded on the basis of a verified self-assessment. An organisation undertakes their own assessment of their implementation of the Cyber Essentials control themes via a questionnaire, which is approved by a senior executive such as the CEO.
This questionnaire is then verified by the Certifying Body (Risk Factory) to assess whether your organisation has effectively implemented the controls required by the scheme, in order to defend against the most common and unsophisticated forms of cyber-attack. In the event that your organisation fails the assessment, Risk Factory will provide a detailed list of remediation to address the identified vulnerabilities without charge.
Cyber Essentials concentrates on five key controls. These are:
The assessment process is a ‘snap shot’ in time and it can only be sure to be effective on the day of assessment as new vulnerabilities are continuously being identified. Organisations must maintain the principles of the scheme on an on-going basis (for example, ensuring that patching always occurs in a timely fashion and that malware protection is kept up to date) and not just prepared for assessment. As a minimum, to retain the certification, organisations must re-certify annually.
Once Risk Factory have completed an assessment of your responses against the criteria and your organisation passes, we will then issue you a Cyber Essentials Certificate of Compliance good for one year from date of issue.
Not really, after placing the order with us, our Factory Foreman will give you access to the questionnaire for your completion. The form must be completed and resubmitted to Risk Factory within 30 days of receipt for validation.
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