Cyber Essentials is a Government initiative to protect us all from cyber crime.

The five basic elements are:

  1. Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways.
  2. Secure Configuration.
  3. Access Control.
  4. Malware Protection.
  5. Patch Management.

It is not really new in that it was launched in June, but the new feature is that from tomorrow, 1st October, it will be compulsory to demonstrate compliance with the guidelines if you want to do business with Central or Local Government.  Other bodies may also be following this example.  Anyway, it is worth complying so as to protect your business.  Perhaps you comply but cannot demonstrate it.  In any case if you want to know more Google “cyber essentials” or go to http://www.cyberessentials4u.co.uk/ or  http://www.metanoia-business-services.co.uk  or contact me on 01925 445215 or e-mail john@jhmriskmanagementservices.co.uk