Cyber Essentials, the government-backed IT security scheme aimed at protecting organisations against cyberattack, is raising the level of awareness businesses have of their IT infrastructure and its weaknesses.

On 25th May 2018, the government will put into force the legislation for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which will enshrine the measurements required to keep sensitive data safe in law.  Across the various requirements, GDPR will put upon companies, there are a number of prerequisites for the IT infrastructure of companies in the UK.

Importantly, the GDPR requires you to process and store data securely. This is where robust IT infrastructure is a necessity – not only to fulfill your legal obligations, but to protect your business from cybercrime – and Cyber Essentials can help.

Cyber Essentials is a great way to ensure that you’re covering your bases for the GDPR. Becoming accredited under Cyber Essentials will require you to:

  • Secure your internet connection
  • Secure your devices and software
  • Control access to your data and services
  • Protect sytems and data from viruses and other malware
  • Keep your devices and software up-to-date

If you are found to be in breach of the General Data Protection Regulation, then the fines are significant. Microtrading strongly advises getting Cyber Essentials accredited, so that your IT security is not the reason you fall foul of the new regulations.

We can help bring you up to speed before 25th May 2018, by getting your accreditation for Cyber Essentials in place and advising you on the steps you should take in order to keep your sensitive data safe and fulfil the other obligations of the GDPR.

“Going through the application process for Cyber Essentials with Microtrading gave us a greater awareness of our IT systems and their vulnerabilities. The network audits, which evaluated access to network and data, were eye-opening and allowed us to identify ‘rogue devices’ and lockdown access that was not authorised.

“Cyber Essentials has stood us in good stead for our GDPR compliance. Preparation for GDPR is a very stressful process for us and many other companies. Microtrading has alleviated a lot of the inherent hassle and legwork for us.” – Adrian Hobbins, Chief Technology Officer, Bryt Energy

However, there are plenty of other reasons to get Cyber Essentials accredited. Microtrading Director, Andrew Penlington, said: “Cyber Essentials has a lot to offer. Accreditation has been a requirement for some government contracts for a while and, increasingly, many private sector companies are looking for potential suppliers to be accredited – so there are considerable new business opportunities.

“Furthermore, all business owners recognise the importance of retaining their client base. Cyber Essentials reassures your customers that any data of theirs that you hold is kept safe, and that you take the threat of cybercrime seriously.”

For further information, or to book your assessment, contact us on 0121 784 0077 or click here.