How to Supercharge Your Cyber Security

Cyber security is an important topic that every company should understand. However, it can become difficult to know what standards to apply and how to implement them without guidance or a process. Nowadays, there are many choices for cyber insurance, with companies having the advantage of providing complete details of their security arrangements through Cyber Essentials accreditation.

Many NHS trusts and those working for or partnering with the NHS are expected to gain Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. 101 Data Solutions, in partnership with Cybersmart, is engaging with these organisations to help them implement Cyber Essentials Plus. The process, led by 101 Data Solutions, is achieved through automation, instructions on remitting a single sign-on and other tools designed to save hours.

Cyber Essentials Plus is a certification program that sets out the steps firms should take to safeguard sensitive information. This includes user access controls, firewalls and malware protection. It also provides an independent assessment to ensure everything has been implemented correctly.

101 Data Solutions has a team specifically trained on these types of regulations and how they work so companies can stay compliant and benefit from the full range of cyber security options.

Cyber Essentials Plus is an internationally recognised set of standards to help organisations protect their network and data. By receiving the accreditation, companies receive the most up-to-date security standards and are validated by experts in cyber security by third-party auditors. One of the most important aspects of Cyber Essentials Plus is how it helps protect a company’s brand because by not implementing the standards, they could be vulnerable to cybercrime.

Cybercriminals constantly find new ways to break into networks and steal data, so it’s critical to have up-to-date protection. A recent study from GoDaddy shows that more than a third of UK micro-businesses have been affected by a security incident. In reality, no firm is too small to be targeted by hackers – every company and person can be hacked at any time.

But what about the costs? The benefits of certification outweigh the costs. Certification can save time on a company’s compliance tasks by identifying risks and creating an immediate plan for improvement, with which 101 Data Solutions can assist.

By choosing Cyber Essentials Plus, organisations can quickly identify risks with their network and data and create an improvement plan. And with third-party validation, businesses have the reassurance that they are protected with the most up-to-date security standards.

The Cyber Essentials Plus program is broken into three steps:

1. Understanding the importance of cyber security

2. Assessing an organisation’s current risk level

3. Developing a strategy for improving security

All businesses need this kind of clarity on keeping their data safe and secure. Cyber Essentials Plus helps provide that clarity by protecting a businesses’ network and data while also validating their compliance with these standards by third-party auditors who are experts in cyber security, therefore protecting their brand identity.

If you’re concerned about protecting your company’s data or believe that you may be at risk of cybercrime, contact 101 Data Solutions for advice on how to get started with Cyber Essentials Plus. 101 Data Solutions, in partnership with CyberSmart, can help businesses get certified in as little as 24 hours.

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