As businesses become more reliant on technology and connectivity, the threat of cyber attacks increases. It’s a fact of life that hackers are persistent in trying to access sensitive data. So, where does this leave organisations who place online activity at the centre of their work? Here we discuss the importance of the Cyber Essentials campaign, how you can gain a recognised online safety accreditation and why Neuways can support you through the process.

What is the Cyber Essentials campaign?

Cyber Essentials is a scheme backed by the government that has been designed to protect your business from a range of online attacks. Although there are hackers who employ sophisticated techniques to access business assets, there are also opportunists who target organisations without any basic defences. The Cyber Essentials campaign aims to deter more advanced attacks from cyber criminals, while showing you how to administer basic safety controls.

What are the benefits of choosing the Cyber Essentials campaign?

At present, only 6% of small business in the UK have a Cyber Essentials Certification, so choosing this accreditation can set your apart from competitors who haven’t invested in their online security. By using a government backed scheme, you are showing your customers that you take the safety of confidential data seriously, and that you have a detailed understanding of your business’s level of security. It’s also worth noting that some government contracts require a Cyber Essentials certification as a pre-requisite, so its acquisition could even help you to expand your client base.

Can Neuways help my business become Cyber Essentials certified?

To begin your business’s Cyber Essential campaign, you will need to complete an official questionnaire that will highlight whether you have the necessary security controls in place. Although it has been designed with achievability in mind, you may find that outsourcing support speeds things up. Neuways can assist you by reviewing the answers to the questionnaire, and adjusting the controls you have in place, so you meet the necessary criteria. We can also identify company devices such laptops, desktops, tablets, and phones, then align them to the standards of the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Do Neuways offer any ongoing support once my business has achieved the Cyber Essentials certificate?

Cyber Essentials is an ongoing scheme that requires certain policies to be kept up to date. As well as helping you keep on top of the admin, Neuways can keep a check on your company devices to ensure they remain compliant with the assessment’s criteria. We can also advise on the implementation of new security controls as they emerge so that your business’s confidential data remains protected. Whether you need guided support, or prefer specialist help, we offer several support packages to suit your corporate needs.

How long does the Cyber Essentials campaign last for?

The Cyber Essentials certification is an annual commitment that needs to be renewed to withhold validation and remain industry recognised. Neuways can work alongside you to ensure that online procedures are upheld, and security remains tight. By fortifying your IT framework, you’ll have peace of mind that your confidential data will stay protected, and your reputation as a digitally secure company is maintained.

Contact Neuways for support with your Cyber Essentials campaign.

If you’d like to find out more about achieving the Cyber Essentials accreditation for your business, please contact Neuways and we’ll answer any questions that you have. You can send an email to hello@neuways.com or call us on 01283 753 333.