We are proud to announce that we have achieved the prestigious Cyber Essentials certification. This government-backed cybersecurity solution forms the core of our mission to safeguard your business from cyber threats.

In today’s digital age, cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Even small businesses are not immune to attack. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the power of Cyber Essentials, its significance in fortifying your business, and how Meta Eagle can seamlessly integrate this solution to stay one step ahead of potential adversaries. Trust us as your strategic cybersecurity partner, delivering top-tier IT services with the highest security standards.

Cyber Essentials
Understanding Cyber Essentials - Your Cybersecurity Foundation

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed cybersecurity certification program designed to help organizations protect themselves against a wide range of cyber threats. Developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), this certification assists businesses in implementing essential cybersecurity measures and best practices.

The program focuses on five fundamental security controls, which are:

  1. Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways: Securing the network perimeter to prevent unauthorized access.

  2. Secure Configuration: Ensuring that systems and devices are configured securely to reduce vulnerabilities.

  3. Access Control: Managing user access and privileges to prevent unauthorized data exposure.

  4. Malware Protection: Implementing measures to defend against malware, viruses, and ransomware.

  5. Patch Management: Regularly updating software and systems to address known vulnerabilities.

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The Benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification for Your Business

Cyber Threats: A Growing Concern for Businesses of All Sizes

Cyber threats are continuously evolving, and even small businesses are not immune to attack. According to a survey conducted in 2022, a staggering 54% of SMEs in the UK experienced a cyber attack. The average cost of a data breach for a small business is £20,000, and the average time to recover from a breach is 120 days.

Cyber Essentials Certification: Protection from 98.5% of Cyber Threats and Shorter Recovery Times

According to the NCSC, Cyber Essentials can protect businesses from 98.5% of common cyber threats. This means that by achieving Cyber Essentials certification, you can significantly reduce your risk of being attacked by a cybercriminal. In addition, Cyber Essentials certification can help to shorten the recovery time from a cyber attack.

A study by the NCSC found that businesses that had achieved Cyber Essentials certification were able to recover from a cyber attack in an average of 60 days, compared to 120 days for businesses that had not achieved certification. This means that businesses that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification can get back to business more quickly after a cyber attack, which can help to minimize the financial and reputational damage.

Government and Supplier Contract Eligibility:

In many cases, government and larger enterprise contracts require suppliers to hold Cyber Essentials certification. By obtaining this certification, you expand your opportunities to work with public sector organizations and larger clients, opening up new avenues for business growth.

Competitive Advantage:

As businesses operate in a technology-driven world, data security has become a significant factor in decision-making processes. Achieving Cyber Essentials certification sets you apart from your competitors by demonstrating your proactive approach to cybersecurity, providing you with a competitive edge in the market.

Eligibility for Free Cyber Insurance

In addition to the benefits of reducing your risk of a cyber attack, Cyber Essentials certification can also help you obtain free cyber insurance. This insurance can cover the cost of things like data breach response, legal fees, and business interruption.

To be eligible for free cyber insurance, your business must meet the following criteria:

* You must be a UK-based business with a turnover of less than £20 million.
* You must have achieved Cyber Essentials certification at either the basic or plus level.
* You must be able to provide proof of certification to the insurer.

The insurance covers up to £25,000 in costs, and some insurers also offer discounts to businesses that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification, even if they do not meet the criteria for free insurance.

Cyber insurance can be a valuable asset for businesses of all sizes. By protecting your business from the financial losses that can result from a cyber attack, cyber insurance can help you to minimize the impact of a breach and get back to business as quickly as possible.

How Meta Eagle Can Help You Achieve Cyber Essentials Certification

Meta Eagle is a leading provider of IT services, and we can help you achieve Cyber Essentials certification in a few simple steps:

  1. Assess your current cybersecurity posture. We will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your cybersecurity controls to identify any gaps or vulnerabilities.
  2. Develop a remediation plan. We will work with you to develop a remediation plan to address any gaps or vulnerabilities identified in the assessment.
  3. Assist with the certification process. We will assist you with the Cyber Essentials certification process, including completing the self-assessment questionnaire and providing guidance on how to address any findings.

Contact Us Today to Learn More

Cyber Essentials is an important step that businesses of all sizes can take to protect themselves from cyber threats. By achieving Cyber Essentials certification, you can demonstrate your commitment to cyber security, improve your employees’ awareness of cyber threats, and reduce the risk of cyber attacks.

If you are interested in learning more about Cyber Essentials and how Meta Eagle can help you to protect your business, please contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and discuss how we can help secure your buisness.