The government has launched a guidance and certification scheme to help UK businesses get the basics of cyber security right as part of the national Cyber Security Strategy.
Analysis of continuing attacks and feedback from industry vulnerability testers has identified that a number of security controls are still not being applied.
The Cyber Essentials Scheme is aimed at raising the cyber security bar in UK business, particular in small and medium sized enterprises.
The scheme was developed with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises consortium, the Information Security Forum and the British Standards Institution.
The collaborators believe that establishing a basic level of cyber hygiene, through implementing the basic controls, will solve a lot of problems and protect against most low-level threats.
ESSENTIAL SECURITY CONTROLS
The CES identifies five essential security controls that organisations must have in their IT systems to ensure they begin to mitigate risk from internet-based threats.
Systems that fall within its scope include internet-connected user devices such as desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones; and internet-connected systems such as web and application servers.
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