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Is Your Business Cyber-Safe? Get the Cyber-Essentials.

The Government’s Cyber-Essentials scheme ‘offers a sound foundation of basic hygiene measures that all types of organisations can implement and potentially build upon” to mitigate the risk from common Internet-based threats. Details can be found at

The Cyber Essentials scheme has been developed to provide a clear set of basic controls that all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common Internet-based threats and also offers through its Assurance Framework a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have these precautions in place.

The Assurance Framework may become increasingly important as customers and others become reluctant to trust their data to organisations that cannot satisfy them that the data will be secure.

Cyber Essentials provides the foundation, but it does not remove all risk. In particular, it focuses on basic threats that require low levels of attacker’s skill and that are widely available. Organisations that may face more advanced, targeted attacks will need to implement additional measures as part of their security strategy.