The Cyber Essentials scheme was developed by the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme in response to the growing risk of cyber-attacks in both the public and private sectors. It was launched on 5 June 2014, and aims to provide guidance to help all sizes of organisations measure their defences against common forms of cyber-attacks. From 1 October 2014 all suppliers must be compliant with the new Cyber Essentials controls if bidding for government contracts which involve handling of sensitive and personal information and provision of certain technical products and services.
The goal of the scheme is to improve cyber security practice by implementing five key technical security controls that address up to 80 per cent of common cyber security threats, including fraud, industrial espionage, and theft of intellectual property.
These five security controls are:
- Boundary firewalls (protecting against unauthorised access)
- Secure configurations (having measures in place for setting up systems)
- Access control (managing which users can access which systems)
- Malware protection (using antivirus software)
- Patch management (updating software accordingly)
This ensures our clients, customers and partners can be safe in the knowledge that Bell Integration take cyber security seriously and continue to work to secure out IT against cyber attack and have the relevant security measures in place.
Full information on the Bell Integration certifications and accreditation’s can be found here