Cyber Essentials Compliance Birmingham
Cyber threats continues to pose a valid and growing threat for every business, large or small in Birmingham and across the UK.
Cyber Essentials helps you to guard your organisation against cyber attack.
Cyber Essentials Readiness
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a simple but effective government backed scheme that helps businesses protect themselves against the most common cyber-attacks.
Helps businesses inoculate themselves against:
- Phishing attacks
- Password Guessing
- Network Attacks
Most cyber-attacks are crimes of opportunity – the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if its unlocked.
We are delighted to have been approved as a Certification Body (CB) for the IASME Consortium.
Being a licensed CB allows us to deliver Cyber Essentials assessments on behalf of the IASME Consortium, who are responsible for running the Cyber Essentials programme for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a UK government body linked to GCHQ. We are also authorised to deliver IASME Governance, an affordable and achievable alternative to ISO27001 for smaller businesses, or useful addition to those who already hold the ISO27001 certification.
How we help you
Unity Metrix provides hands-on consultation services to help our Birmingham clients achieve Cyber Essentials certification quickly and easily.
We audit existing systems and processes, producing a report that outlines the areas requiring amendment to become certified.
Why should my business invest in Cyber Essentials?
Cyber-attacks are on the rise, so protecting your business has never been more important.
Demonstrate Your Commitment to Security
Cyber Essentials improves cyber security within your business.
Protect Against 80% of Online Threats
Cyber Essentials will protect you against the majority of online threats, so you and your employees can surf the net with confidence.
We focus on five main areas:
- Access Control – who can access your data?
- Secure Configuration – making sure that all devices and software are as secure as possible
- Software Updates – protect against vulnerabilities by keeping your devices and applications up to date
- Malware Protection – asses, setup and maintain expertly configured anti-malware software
- Firewalls and Routers – assess information before it hits your network to make sure it is safe
Cyber Essentials Benefits
- Average cost of a cyber-security breach in the UK in 2019 is £3.18m, or £113 per record (from a Ponemon Institute report). This amount is made up of fines imposed by the ICO, loss of revenue, cost of downtime, and the cost of paying off ransomware attacks. This doesn’t event account for the reputational costs.
- Cyber Essentials reassures your customers that you take their privacy seriously
- Cyber Essentials is a requirement for many government contracts
- The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recognises and actively encourages certification as part of its ‘Practical Guide to IT Security’
- Certification includes 1-year Cyber Liability insurance for organisations valued at under £20m
- Likely to reduce any fines or other punitive measures issued by the ICO if there is a breach if you have Cyber Essentials certification within the last year
Average cost of a cyber-security breach
In 2018 UK SME’s paid out an average of £6,416.50, totalling £8.8bn, because of cyber-security breaches. (smallbusiness.co.uk)
24% of SMEs were affected by cyber-security breaches in 2018 (smallbusiness.co.uk)
17% of those paid out in excess of £10,000 to combat the crisis (smallbusiness.co.uk)
9% paid more than £20,000 (smallbusiness.co.uk)