28 Sep 15: Specialist lines underwriting agency CFC today announces that it will be providing its clients with the opportunity to obtain Cyber Essentials certification free of charge through its newly launched cyber portal.
Cyber Essentials is a UK Government backed and industry supported scheme that guides and encourages businesses, universities, charities and public sector organisations to focus on basic cyber hygiene to protect themselves from the most common cyber threats. It aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, assessing themselves against five basic security controls, testing that they work and obtaining independent verification.
CFC has partnered with Cyber Essentials accreditation body IASME to build this certification into its cyber product suite. IASME also offers its own governance standard developed specifically to be achievable for SMEs as an alternative to ISO27001.
CFC’s Cyber Practice Leader, Vicky Paxton, says: “We are passionate about helping our clients get to grips with cyber risks, particularly as governments such as that in the UK and major organisations are increasingly mandating their partners demonstrate that they have basic levels of cyber protection in place. We believe that providing our clients with easy to understand educational tools is essential to helping them adopt cyber security best practice and support the future success of their businesses.”
Emma Philpott, CEO at IASME, comments: “After seeing an increasing number of companies improve their security by going through the Cyber Essentials process, it is fantastic news that CFC are giving their clients this opportunity free of charge. Now that Cyber Essentials certification is seen as a competitive advantage in many tenders, CFC is helping their clients be both more secure and more competitive.”