If you had the choice of spending money with a business that is accredited to keep your data safe, or one that lacks basic security controls, you’re always going to go with the more trustworthy option. This is where having a badge highlighting your Cyber Essentials qualification can help because current and prospective clients will see you take the safety of their data seriously.

Having the right security controls in place can be the difference between having a successful business, and one that suffers financial setbacks and a damaged reputation. We all rely on technology to make life easier but failing to recognise the risks that come with it can have repercussions that are difficult to recover from. Here we take a closer look at the Cyber Essentials qualification, why it helps your business to grow and how Neuways can help you to reach the necessary criteria.

What is the Cyber Essentials qualification?

The Cyber Essentials qualification is a government-backed security certification developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Its sole purpose is to help businesses achieve a consistent level of protection against online threats by ensuring the necessary safety processes are in place.

Once you’ve met the Cyber Essentials qualification criteria you’ll have the necessary framework in place to protect your business from up to 80% of common security threats and attacks. This will give your clients peace of mind that their data is secure, and will prevent you from a cyber attack.

How can Cyber Essentials qualifications help my business to grow?

Once you’re fully accredited with the Cyber Essentials qualification, your business name will be on the NCSC website for potential clients to view. Having a government backed certification is not only a shrewd PR move that proves you’re reliable to work with, but it also reassures clients and suppliers that their sensitive information is in safe hands.

Making your cybersecurity awareness official can also increase your suitability to take on other projects and long-term business opportunities. If you want to bid for government contracts, for example, your business will need to have a Cyber Essential qualification to be considered and entrusted to handle sensitive information.

How can Neuways help my business become Cyber Essentials accredited?

To be awarded Cyber Essentials qualifications, your business will need to meet technical security controls to help reduce the impact of online threats. Neuways can support you throughout the process by ensuring company devices such as laptops, phones and tablets all align with the Cyber Essentials criteria. We can also help you complete the official questionnaire and implement the necessary policies and procedures.

Regardless of the IT infrastructure you have in place, Neuways can support you with a package suited to the needs of your business, so you have the best chance of receiving the Cyber Essentials qualification.

We have the Cyber Essentials qualification. What happens now?

Being accredited will mean your business is much less vulnerable to the tactics of cyber criminals and opportunists. However, Cyber Essentials qualifications are an annual commitment, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your online policies to make sure they’re upheld. Neuways can help you achieve this by making sure your company devices comply with the assessment’s criteria and that your security controls are up to date.

We can also audit your IT framework when it comes to renewal time and help you make any necessary adjustments to your safety procedures. Reputations are influenced by consistency, so whether it’s your first or fourth Cyber Essentials qualification, we make sure you’re on top of potential threats, so your reliability is well-established.

Contact Neuways for help with your Cyber Essentials qualification

If you need any assistance with your cyber security or you’d like to find out more about the Cyber Essentials qualifications, please contact Neuways for more information.