Why your business should be Cyber Essentials Certified

There are many reasons why your business should be Cyber Essentials certified. Whether you are a large corporation or an SME, you need to be cyber secure. Cyber crime is on the rise and there is no sign of the threat diminishing. From ransomware to malware, there are many reasons why your business needs to become Cyber Essentials certified.

 

Protect your business against 80% of all common cyber attacks

Did you know that being Cyber Essentials certified can protect your business from most common cyber attacks? From malware attacks to hacking, having secure cyber protection is vital for any business.

Stephane Nappo, Global Chief Information Security Officer at Société Générale International Banking, said this about cyber attacks:

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only a few minutes of cyber incident to ruin it”

 

Take care of your customers’ data

Protecting your customers’ information from cyber theft has never been so important, not only to your reputation but to the law. With GDPR in full swing you need to ensure your business is doing what it can to protect your customers’ data. Information is invaluable for hackers as it provides them with everything they need to commit fraud. The information hackers can steal includes:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Passwords
  • Bank details

A data breach can be devastating to both your customers and your business.

 

Comply fully with GDPR

In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the EU. The new regulations are focused on the protection of data. If a business is found to be negligent in the event of a data breach, it could face a fine of up to 4% of their global turnover.  If a company is found guilty, the fine could have devastating consequences for any business. Therefore, being cyber safe is vital.

 

Win contracts with the UK government

If you are looking to bid for and win more government contacts having the Cyber Essentials certification shows buyers that that your business takes a proactive stance against cyber attacks. This is especially true if you are bidding for MOD contracts as they only consider bids from suppliers that hold a Cyber Essentials certification.

If you would like to win more public sector contracts and become cyber secure, download the free Cyber Essentials Scheme Summary today.