Improve your reputation with Cyber Essentials

We all know that the impact of a security breach can incur costs to our businesses. But according to the government’s 2019 Cyber Security breach study, reputational damage, and less tangible aspects of an attack, tend to be overlooked and undervalued. 

An attack could not only affect your bottom line but that of your suppliers and customers. In turn this could impact your reputation. In fact, 86 per cent of suppliers said they would remove a breached company from their supply chain. It is now more important than ever as businesses to prove our dedication to security. 

So what can we do? Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that helps organisations protect themselves against common online threats. In its simplest form, it is a set of technical systems and processes that your business must achieve and maintain in order to receive the accreditation. 

It addresses the wide variety of threats to business security, most commonly those using widely available tools, and demanding little skill. Cyber-crimes (in most cases) are not targeted, so any kind of business can be subject to an attack. 

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that helps organisations protect themselves against common online threats.

Achieving the Cyber Essentials accreditation will show your customers and potential customers you are proactive and dedicated to security. It may be that your supply chain asks you to have an accreditation in order to bid for their business, but it may also mean you pip an alternative supplier to the post if they see your commitment to cyber security over theirs. 

Reputation is essential for winning and maintaining new business. Make sure yours is second to none! 

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