Tuminds Awarded Cyber Essentials Certification
by Emma Gibb
Cyber Security is Essential
Did you know that cyber security breaches cost UK businesses almost £30 billion in 2016? Or that one in four businesses have reported a cyber attack or breach in the last 12 months? Even more alarmingly for SMEs, is that they have been subject to 875,000 cyber attacks in the last 12 months. Was your business one of them?
Despite all this bad news, the good news is that there is something that SMEs can protect themselves, and there is help available to put some simple, but effective, cyber security measures in place.
We take cyber security seriously here at Tuminds and so we signed up for the government-endorsed Cyber Essentials scheme, and are now the proud owners of a Cyber Essentials certificate to prove it – you may have spotted the new Cyber Essentials badge on our website already.
So what is “Cyber Essentials”?
Cyber Essentials is a government-endorsed standard, designed to help businesses protect themselves online. The Cyber Essentials scheme shows you how to address weaknesses in IT and software, and protect yourself against common cyber threats. It gives us peace of mind to know that our data is protected from the majority of cyber attacks. Going through the process of reviewing your cyber security and making changes in how you operate and manage your IT infrastructure is a worthwhile exercise in itself, but the result also ensures that you gain a sense of increased confidence that your business is more cyber-resilient, helping you sleep a little better each night. This increased resilience, and confidence in your business, is also shared with your customers (and potential customers!) through the publicly-viewable certificate. That makes Cyber Essentials good business sense!
You can also assess how cyber secure your business is by taking this cyber essentials self-assessment questionnaire (an example of the formal assessment). For more information visit https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/cyberessentials/.