Cyber Essentials Certification

This is a government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help companies and organisations to protect themselves against common online threats.

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To create the Cyber Essentials scheme, the Government worked with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF) and developed a set of basic technical controls to help companies and organisations protect themselves against common online security threats.

It was launched on 5 June 2014 and companies can gain a one of two Cyber Essentials badges. Cyber Essentials is backed by the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations.

Since 1 October 2014, the Government requires that all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme.

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