SMEs have until midday on January 5th to apply for Cyber Security Innovation vouchers worth £5,000.
With the cyber security threat set to continue to increase over the course of 2016 all businesses need to take the matter seriously. By applying for the vouchers, an SME can pay for an external expert to assist with their cyber security and help to achieve the Cyber Essentials accreditation.
What is the Cyber Essentials Scheme?
The Cyber Essentials Scheme has been developed and launched by the UK Government in 2014 in order to encourage organisations to adhere to good practice in information security and internet safety. Cyber Essentials is regarded as the base level standard of IT security which small to medium companies should meet. The Cyber Essentials framework has been created by IASMF, BSI, ISF and HMG, under the authorization of GCHQ, the information security arm of GCHQ.
Cyber Essentials is meant to fulfil two key functions:
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