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Cyber Essentials

Let Akita help you to complete the government-recommended Cyber Essentials certification and improve your organisation’s cyber security.

What is Cyber Essentials?

The Cyber Essentials scheme is a series of checks and technical controls designed to help protect organisations from cyber attack. The scheme has been designed by both the UK Government and industry to ensure that businesses have the right protection in place.

Undertaking Cyber Essentials helps organisations prepare and defend against the most common Internet-based threats to cyber security. The main threats covered  by the scheme are:

  • Hacking — The exploitation of known vulnerabilities in Internet-connected devices.
  • Phishing — Defrauding users into installing malicious applications or handing over important information.
  • Password attacks — Manual or automated attempts to gain unauthorised access to online accounts or business data.

Why do organisations need Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials requires organisation-wide engagement with IT security principles. It therefore raises awareness of threats among staff, making them less likely to become a victim of cyber crime tactics.

The scheme is a nationally recognised security standard. Organisations obtaining Cyber Essentials can therefore reassure their customers that data will be safe. It can also help attract new customers by demonstrating that an organisation is committed to IT security.

Cyber Essentials is also now a requirement for organisations competing for some national and local government contracts.

How can Akita assist?

Akita gained Cyber Essentials certification in 2017. We can now assist other organisations through the process.

To complete the scheme, organisations need to apply to one of the approved accreditation bodies to undertake Cyber Essentials. Once registered, there is a technical questionnaire to complete that checks that the organisation is compliant with the standards of Cyber Essentials.

Akita can assist companies to complete this questionnaire, providing consultancy on how to meet requirements or assisting with improvements in IT setup to make organisations compliant. For our customers, we can help answer most of the questions based on our knowledge of your setup.

To discuss how Akita can help your organisations complete Cyber Essentials, please get in touch.

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