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Cyber Essentials - The 5 Key Areas

Cyber Essentials - The 5 Key Areas

What is the Cyber Essentials Scheme?

1 in 4 businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months - that’s quite a scary figure when you consider the potential data breach and what that could mean with the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into effect in May 2018 with fines up to €20 million.

Cyber Essentials will soon be an essential part of GDPR compliance.  The industry supported scheme that is backed by the government was developed to help organisations protect themselves against cyber-attacks. It is believed that when the key areas of the scheme are addressed, around 80% of cyber-attacks can be prevented.

The scheme focuses on the following 5 key areas:

Secure Configuration

Secure setup of systems to reduce unnecessary cyber vulnerabilities.

Boundary Firewalls and Internet gateways

Basic level protection that prevents unauthorised access to your system.

Access Controls and Administrative Privilege Management

Restricting and preventing misuse of privileged accounts.

Patch Management

Ensuring that software on computers and devices is up to date to resist low-level cyber-attacks.

Malware Protection

Protection against an extensive range of malware, allowing removal of any malware.

You can download a guide from the government website here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview

 

Unsure about your compliance? Or want advice on how to ensure you comply? Call the expert security team at Total Group now on 01727 881224

For more information on GDPR watch our blogs over the coming weeks.

Alison Stewart
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