"We were fully aware of the security threats that could harm our business and wanted to take a proactive approach in tackling cyber-crime."
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Cyber Essentials Plus
Advanced cyber security
for all businesses
Go beyond Cyber Essentials with Cyber Essentials Plus
- An independent, external certified body examining your cyber security
- Advanced protection from cyber-crime
- Required in order to work with a number of industries
- Evidence your company’s commitment to working securely
Cyber Essentials vs Cyber Essentials Plus
Cyber Essentials Plus offers businesses the opportunity to take their security to the next leveland cannot be undertaken without first being Cyber Essentials certified.
This heightened level of protection involves an external certified body examining your cyber security. This may sound scary, but the whole process can be managed by a cyber managed service provider (CyberGuard) and businesses that fully prepare, often pass Cyber Essentials Plus first time.
The external governing body will examine that you are adhering to a set of cyber security requirements that CyberGuard deems appropriate. This is done by simulated phishing attacks and basic hacking procedures. To complete the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, you will also need to pass a final technical audit.
Cyber Essentials Plus is aimed at businesses with a more complex IT infrastructure and by achieving it, you can reassure and demonstrate to your customers that you have a higher level of commitment to security, which will further increase their confidence in your business.
Benefits of Cyber Essentials Plus
1. Evidence you take cyber security seriously
Highlighting the fact that you take security and data protection seriously couldn't be more important with GDPR regulations coming into effect in 2018. With cyber-attacks constantly in the news, having a strong stance on cyber security is a much needed virtue in today's modern business world.
2. Reassure your customers
A recent nationwide survey undertaken by CyberGuard Technologies found that 81% of businesses wanted to reassure their customers that they were taking a proactive approach to cyber security - this was the reason why they invested in this certification.
3. To win new contracts, suppliers or tenders
If you're demonstrating that security and data protection is taken seriously within your organisation, then this puts your company in an advantageous position when bidding for new contracts. The same survey highlighted that 84% of businesses found that having this accreditation made it easier for them to win contracts.
4. Peace of mind
Cyber Essentials Plus encompasses a far greater number of cyber assessments, thereby providing you with a better understanding of your own organisation's level of cyber risk. This offers your business peace of mind that you are demonstrating the highest cyber security standards internally.
CyberGuard Cyber Essentials Survey
In a bid to understand how businesses are using Cyber Essentials, we surveyed 251 IT managers in UK companies, ranging from small businesses (20-49 employees) to large companies (750 employees or greater).
We found 84% of those accredited, claimed it has helped them win contracts, with others highlighting the importance of being able to reassure their customers they take cyber security seriously.
How CyberGuard Can Help
Our Cyber Team can guide your business through the steps to accreditation with the minimum of fuss. We offer three simple options:
- Certification Readiness Package
- Cyber Essentials Accreditation
- Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation
We’ll assist you through the whole process and will be on hand to help you with any questions you may have. Once passed, you’ll be able to display the Cyber Essentials Plus logo on your website and marketing literature to demonstrate to your customers, suppliers, investors and stakeholders that your organisation is taking steps to protect against common cyber threats and you take cyber security seriously.
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