It’s free to register with the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme, and you do not need to be a member of the Government Digital Service to use or demonstrate compliance. However, we think it’s really important that you take a look at your current arrangements and think about whether you’re doing all you can to protect your business against cyber criminals.
As a minimum requirement under the Cyber Essentials Scheme you will need to complete a questionnaire and submit it for review along with a scan of your systems showing evidence of basic protection being in place for your IT environment. This will involve installing some basic anti-virus software on your network and updating any operating systems or other software that are available for update on your systems.
Cyber Essentials can be demonstrated through your self-assessment or by an external assessment agency appointed by you – these certified agencies specialise in IT security and are able to provide independent advice and help as required. Any security gaps identified by the Cyber Essentials questionnaire will need to be resolved before the award of a Cyber Essentials certificate can be achieved.