Understanding Cyber Essentials Plus
The Cyber Essentials scheme is a government-backed, industry-endorsed initiative designed to help organisations shield themselves from the most prevalent online threats. Under this program, there are two levels of certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.
Both certifications revolve around five crucial controls that form the backbone of a robust cyber defence strategy:
- Secure your Internet connection: Ensuring that all external and internal communications are protected from potential intruders.
- Secure your devices and software: Strengthening devices and applications against vulnerabilities and threats.
- Control access to your data and services: Guaranteeing that only authorised individuals can access your sensitive information and services.
- Protect from viruses and other malware: Implementing layers of protection to guard against malicious software.
- Keep your devices and software up to date: Regularly updating systems to combat the latest threats.
While the foundational principles remain consistent between the two certifications, Cyber Essentials Plus elevates the standards. Unlike the basic certification, Cyber Essentials Plus demands a hands-on technical verification of an organisation’s cyber security infrastructure. This in-depth review, conducted by an external assessor, comprises a comprehensive vulnerability assessment and a remote technical audit.
Why Cyber Essentials Plus Matters for NCC Education and You
Achieving the Cyber Essentials Plus certification isn’t just a badge of honour for us—it carries substantial implications:
- Trust: It proves that NCC Education isn’t just about claims; we have been externally validated to have best-in-class cyber defence mechanisms.
- Competitive Advantage: Our certification reassures our stakeholders—be it customers, partners, or suppliers—that cyber security is at the forefront of our operations. When you collaborate with NCC Education, you’re aligning with a brand that values digital safety.
- Government Contracts: For businesses looking to engage in government contracts, some mandates necessitate Cyber Essentials Plus certification, reinforcing its significance in the industry.
We are elated to inform our community that NCC Education has surpassed the requirements for both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. This accomplishment underlines our dedication to offering a sanctuary for your data, ensuring top-tier security, and delivering peace of mind in an increasingly complex digital world.
For us, your trust is paramount. As we journey together in this digital age, you can remain confident that with NCC Education, you’re always in safe hands