Important Notice: £1000 Voucher Scheme Available to Scottish SME’s and Charities!

In late 2018 the Scottish Government, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, released a Cyber Essentials Voucher Scheme for small and medium private and third-sector organisations.

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Take steps to protect your organisation against cyber attacks

The Cyber Essentials scheme helps you to safeguard against most of the common cyber threats and also demonstrates your company’s commitment to cyber security.

  • Secure your devices and software
  • Control access to your data and services
  • Secure your internet connection(s)
  • Protect from viruses and other malware
  • Keep your devices and software up to date

Why look elsewhere when you can have your local Edinburgh IT Support company accredit you for Cyber Essentials?

One of only a handful of Scottish CREST Certifying Bodies

Consider IT is currently one of only a handful of Scottish CREST Certifying Bodies that can accredit your business to the Cyber Essentials standard. We take the standard seriously and will make sure that your business genuinely meets the standard. Not only will you be happy receiving the badge of approval, but you’ll also know that your IT infrastructure is actually meeting the requirements. As part of the CREST accreditation process, we also carry out a vulnerability scan on your edge gateways. Our Edinburgh Cyber Essentials team are ready and waiting to assist you with achieving the coveted standard. Give us a call today.

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So what is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a UK government information assurance scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre that encourages organisations to adopt good practice in information security. A primary objective of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy is to make the UK a safer place to conduct business online and 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.

It’s quickly becoming a sought after accreditation in SMEs across all industries, and we believe it won’t be long until it’s the defacto requirement to have obtained it for all tender processes.

Getting Certified: Cyber Essentials

Consider IT are in a position to award certification of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

From £750 + VAT  you’ll receive:

  • Simple questionnaire to complete
  • External vulnerability scan to verify aspects of the questionnaire
  • A fail report (if appropriate) within 5 business days of submission
  • Certification (in the case of a pass) within 5 business days of submission
  • 2 free retests in the event of a fail
  • Email support from our CREST accredited practitioners to give basic guidance and advice
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Cyber Essentials Plus

We’ve seen that the Cyber Essentials certification is a self-assessment questionnaire (with an external vulnerability scan by one of our CREST accredited consultants). However, given the nature of self-assessment and the questions asked, it’s impossible to verify them and whoever signs off the questionnaire simply attests that it’s factual. With Cyber Essentials Plus, we delve deeper into your network to confirm the answers in the SAQ. In addition to the normal Cyber Essentials requirements, we’ll also:

  • Perform a Malware Exposure Assessment
  • Perform an Internal Vulnerability Assessment
  • Carry out a Workstation Build Assessment
  • Perform a Mobile Device Assessment

This is effectively twice as many assessments of your company’s IT infrastructure, including a review of your standard workstation builds and mobile devices (if any). None of this is covered at a Cyber Essentials level, which merely tests the external firewall and internet gateways.

For those interested in Cyber Essentials Plus, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Protect your data, your network, and your people. Talk to our team about cyber security now.

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Not sure if you’re ready?

For clients on our Managed IT Services agreements, you’re already in a position to achieve Cyber Essentials. If you’re not on our Managed IT Services, or you’re not currently a client, you might not know if you’re ready to go ahead with Cyber Essentials. We offer a Pre-Assessment service where we’ll spend half a day with you going through the requirements and identify any areas that require improvement. This stage of assessment is optional. If you believe your business is ready to be certified, you can go straight to the certification stage.

From £995* + VAT you’ll receive:

  • A copy of the formal Cyber Essentials Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  • A copy of our guidance for completing the SAQ
  • A half-day consultation with one of our approved CREST consultants (up to 5 hours)
  • An action plan with key remediation points (where applicable) to allow you to pass Cyber Essentials

*If you’re based outside Edinburgh, reasonable travel costs will apply. We’ll let you know about these at the time of your enquiry.

Protect your data, your network, and your people. Talk to our team about cyber security now.

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