As the importance of proving your cybersecurity credentials increases alongside the threat vector facing UK businesses, the benefits of Cyber Essentials certification should not be underestimated.
Protection for Your Business
The Government estimates that passing Cyber Essentials certification will protect your business will be protected against 80% of common cybersecurity attacks. Getting certified, therefore, provides peace of mind to any small business that is concerned about the state of its cybersecurity.
Increase Business Opportunities
Cyber Essentials certification can open the doors to a significant number of new business opportunities. It is already a requirement if you want to tender for government projects, and it is being increasingly requested in a number of private contracts, too.
In addition, more and more organisations prefer to partner with companies that take cybersecurity seriously. Achieving Cyber Essentials certification proves you take the appropriate measures to protect your and your clients’ data. It could be the differentiating factor your business needs to win new business.
Comply with Regulatory Bodies
Given the growing importance of cybersecurity because of the new hybrid working environment, professional and regulatory bodies are putting increasing pressure on members to address cyber security issues and take out standalone cyber insurance. Cyber Essentials certification can help your business comply with the current and future demands of any professional or regulatory body.
Claim Free Insurance and Reduce Cyber Insurance Premiums
Cyber Essentials certification qualifies some businesses for up to £25,000 in free cybersecurity insurance. In addition, any businesses may be able to receive lower premiums from insurers by virtue of their certification and its proof of their commitment to cybersecurity.
Comply with GDPR
Cyber Essentials has been called “a good starting point” for GDPR compliance by the Information Commissioner’s Office. Certification alone does not make your business compliant with GDPR, but it goes some way to show your commitment to securing customer data.
Get Listed on NCSC Website
Your Cyber Essentials certification is displayed on the NCSC website, allowing prospective clients and suppliers to verify your commitment to cybersecurity and data protection. Businesses also receive a badge they can display on their website and marketing materials.