Cyber Essentials are in fact a set of basic but fundamental security requirements which, if implemented efficiently and effectively, would minimize the risk of a successful cyber-attack. It was targeted principally at SMEs (small and medium enterprises) whilst accepting that bigger organisation should be doing these actions as well. The five basic Cyber Essentials controls are taken from the advice issued by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and also the ‘10 Steps to Cyber Security’.
The five main areas for the Cyber Essentials controls are qualified by a set of questions in the form of cyber essentials questionnaire that should be possible for most business owners and managers to answer, perhaps with some limited technical advice. However, if support by a Cyber Essentials Consultant is preferred, then feel free to contact us for support.
It is necessary that the appropriate information is provided as part of the general application for certification. This information will include; the business name, business size, a point of contact and most importantly, the scope of the system to be assessed and certified. It is critical that the scope is correctly defined and usually the easiest and best method to do this is a simple block diagram. This block diagram shows you a simple system and the red line highlights the extent of the assessment. It is essential to note that the certificate will show a brief description of the system certified. The organisation’s name could only be used on the certificate if all the IT systems in use in the organisation are within the scope of the assessment.
Once you have passed, your accreditation body will grant you the certificate.
Selecting an Accreditation/Certification body
Cyber essentials include an elaborate set of necessities for your IT (Information Technology).
You would be required to make sure that all your systems and software meet these before you progress on to the next phase of certification.
You may be needed to provide numerous types of proof before your chosen Certification Body can award certification at the level you ask for.
Once you have understood all the requirements which Cyber Essentials puts on the installation, configuration, and maintenance of your IT, then you are ready to complete the cyber essentials questionnaire and submit this to your Accreditation/Certification Body.
The actual cyber essentials questionnaire that you complete is provided by your Certification Body.
Mainly five accreditation Bodies are specially chosen by the NCSC to supervise Cyber Essentials.
They recruit and manage a number of Certification Bodies, ensuring the standards which we have set down for the scheme are met.
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