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Prevention is quicker and cheaper than the cure!

Every week there are headlines about major security breaches, devastating company hacks, lost (or found!) data, phishing scams and ransomware. In 2017, even the NHS was attacked with devastating results, however, a few simple steps could have prevented the ensuing disaster.

Nearly half of businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months.  Cyber criminals are after your money, your data and your intellectual property. If you haven’t taken steps to protect yourself, take action now. It’s easy to get good, basic protection in place with Cyber Essentials.

Every business person needs to take this seriously - could you continue running your business if your computer was hacked?  Could you pay a fine if your data was stolen?  Do you even know what to do when it happens?

Your Business Community members can now obtain certification to the government backed Cyber Essentials scheme through our partnership with Cyber Essentials accreditation body, IASME.

Cyber-crime poses a major threat to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors. Achieving certification helps secure your business against on-line cyber-attacks.

Certification can also boost the confidence your customers have in your business helping differentiate you from the competition. Additionally, certification against this scheme is increasingly a requirement of organisations bidding for government contracts. Private sector organisations are also recognising the benefits of their suppliers being cyber secure and, they too, are encouraging Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials consists of five simple yet effective technical elements which are known to prevent up to 80% of cyber-attacks. The five safeguards are:

  • boundary firewalls and internet gateways
  • secure configuration
  • access control
  • malware protection
  • patch management

Alternatively, Your Business Community members can gain discounts on the wider ‘IASME Governance’ assessment.  IASME Governance includes Cyber Essentials but includes additional safeguards to provide even greater resilience.  The additional checks include physical security, data back-ups and staff awareness. The IASME Governance standard is written along similar lines to ISO27001 yet is more practical for SMEs.  IASME Governance also offers an optional GDPR element to indicate your readiness for the Data Protection changes that came into effect in May 2018.

If you need support with preparing your company for Cyber Essentials or IASME Governance, Your Business Community member, Whitgift Security, is a licensed IASME Certification Body and can provide any support you may require.

To be assessed against Cyber Essentials or IASME Governance self-assessment, please apply here.  A copy of the self-assessment question sets is available for reference only and can be downloaded for free here.

YBC Members save 10% on the cost of the IASME Cyber Essentials assessment:

  • Cyber Essentials £270 ex VAT as opposed to £300 ex VAT
  • IASME Governance £360 ex VAT as opposed to £400 ex VAT

For more information and to apply for the assessment, when logged in, please click here.

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