Cyber Essentials is a UK Government backed scheme designed to guard against the most common internet based cyber security threats and encourages organisations of all sizes, but particularly SME’s, to demonstrate their commitment to cyber security.
What BH Consulting provide, is security expertise to guide clients through the certification process, to ensure that the Cyber Essentials self-assessment is carried out in a compliant manner. We aim to clarify the requirements so that they are understood and answered appropriately.
There are five control areas covered by Cyber Essentials, in summary these are:
- Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
Ensuring all devices that are connected to the internet are protected by a properly configured firewall. An internet gateway can deny access to users within your organisation to websites or other online services that present a threat.
- Secure Configuration for devices and software
Systems and software must be configured in the most secure way for the needs of the organisation. Password management and policies are also a key part of this control area.
- Access control
Controlling who has access to systems and at what level.
- Malware protection
Ensuring that virus and malware protection is installed and is up to date, plus ensuring there is sufficient user awareness.
- Patch management
Attackers constantly identify and exploit software vulnerabilities. Checking that the latest supported version of software is used and all necessary patches have been applied.