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Cygnia Achieve Cyber Essentials
February 1, 2017

Cygnia becomes Cyber Essentials Certification Body

Cygnia can now offer organisations certification against the Cyber Essentials Scheme, a government lead initiative designed to help companies defend themselves against the majority of cyber attacks. These are controls that all organisations can take to improve their cyber security posture and ensure that neglecting the basics is not the cause of a major IT incident. All organisations bidding for government contracts which involve the handling of sensitive data must be compliant.

There are two levels to the Cyber Essentials Scheme:

Cyber Essentials involves a self assessment which is reviewed by an external certification body to ensure all questions are answered correctly. An external vulnerability scan is also carried out by a cyber essentials certification body on the organisation’s systems before the certification and badge are awarded.

Cyber Essentials Plus involves the addition of an internal work station review, mobile device assessment and internal vulnerability scan performed by a certified body.

The scheme focuses on 5 main controls:


Setting up and securing boundary firewalls to prevent unauthorised access to the network.


Secure configuration including the removal of unnecessary accounts, software and default passwords. Auto-run features should be disabled, as should all unapproved connections.


Companies should implement a system of ‘least privilege’ meaning end-users can only access locations, files and applications that are needed for their day-to-day roles and no-one should have default admin privileges.


Malware protection on the endpoints can create a barrier against a number of virus and malware threats. It is imperative that these are kept up-to-date in order to be as effective as possible.


Effective Patch Management of software can ensure that security updates from vendors are implemented on your systems. Criminals can target these known vulnerabilities to gain access to systems.


If you would like to know more about how you can defend against 80% of cyber attacks while showing your commitment to good IT security practices, please contact Cygnia on 0121 647 6565.


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