UK Government Launches Cyber Security Support Scheme

The government has launched a 'guidance and certification' scheme to help UK businesses learn the basics of cyber security.

As part of the National Cyber Security Strategy, the scheme is intended to show what good security looks like, as feedback from industry vulnerability testers discovered that a number of security controls are still not being applied.

The scheme was developed with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium, the Information Security Forum and the British Standards Institution (BSI).

The Cyber Essentials scheme identifies five essential security controls that organizations must have in their IT systems, including secure configuration, access control and patch management.

The launch of the scheme follows successful pilot assessments, managed and reviewed by Crest. Ian Glover, president of Crest said: "Crest has built an assessment framework optimised for the CES that will ensure organisations of all sizes and from all sectors can be properly and independently assessed to have the key technical controls in place to manage cyber risks.

"By displaying the Cyber Essentials 'badge' they demonstrate to customers that they have taken steps to be fundamentally cyber safe."

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