North West training provider Training 2000 has become a certification body for the Government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme, one of only two certification bodies in Lancashire able to certify that businesses meet the best practice for good ‘cyber hygiene’.
Mandatory in a growing number of supply chains, including the MOD, Nuclear Decommissioning Agency and some central government contracts, when implemented correctly Cyber Essentials can protect against 80% of unsophisticated cyber-attacks.
There are two tiers to the scheme - Cyber Essentials is a self-assessment questionnaire to gauge IT set-up to fend off cyber-attacks and is designed to be light touch and low-cost. Cyber Essentials Plus is a step up and verifies your IT systems through technical testing, providing an even stronger indicator of how cyber secure a business is.
By highlighting the cyber security protections in place, businesses are able to evidence a resilience against the growing number of online threats and offer assurances that they can be trusted with sensitive customer information.
Brian Lightowler, Managing Director, QG Management Standards who are an Accreditation Body for the Cyber Essentials scheme said:
“Cyber security is an increasingly important area for organisations to take seriously and failure to do so represents a significant risk both to themselves and their customers.
Cyber Essentials is an excellent government-endorsed standard and by taking five simple steps companies are able to demonstrate good practice and commitment to protecting themselves against cyber threats.
Sarah Green, cyber security business manager at Training 2000 said:
“Our focus is helping businesses throughout Lancashire and beyond protect against the very real threat posed by cyber criminals.
“Becoming a certification body for the globally recognised Cyber Essentials scheme means that we can help organisations shout about the fact that their customers can trust them with their data.
“We’re more than happy to talk businesses through the process, and offer advice on how to achieve certification – a growing number are recognizing that Cyber Essentials is becoming a key benchmark and we will ensure the process is as simple as possible.”
To talk about the gaining Cyber Essentials certification and request a questionnaire, call on 01254 54659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.