By Gill Thomas
Whilst GCA has focussed on helping small businesses improve their cyber defences through our Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business, we decided to test our own defences by applying for accreditation under the UK government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. This scheme was developed by the National Cyber Security Centre and gives businesses the opportunity to have their policies and procedures assessed against recommended good practices.
There are many benefits to the scheme including:
- Cyber Essentials helps businesses guard against the most common cyber threats
- Cyber Essentials is a pre-requisite for contract award by UK HM Government
- Cyber Essentials accreditation tells your customers and supply chain that you take cybersecurity seriously and that you are a ‘safe’ company to do business with
- Displaying the Cyber Essentials logo on your website tells a potential “hacker” that you have cybersecurity controls in place so they should move on to their next target
- Accreditation through the IASME Consortium includes a free cybersecurity insurance policy for UK domiciled companies (terms apply)
The Global Cyber Alliance also gained accreditation under the IASME Governance Standard, an optional “add-on” through IASME, which offers small businesses an affordable and achievable alternative to the international standard ISO27001 to demonstrate good practices in protecting customers’ information and GDPR compliance.
The GCA team is proud of the work we do, and we especially take seriously our responsibility to support a more secure cyber ecosystem. We will continue to improve our own security posture as the the threat landscape continuously shifts and remain committed to Do Something to help others do the same! If you’d like to learn more about Cyber Essentials please visit the NCSC website at: https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/.
The author, Gill Thomas, is the Assistant Director, EMEA Outreach, at the Global Cyber Alliance. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.