The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has revealed that the IASME Consortium will be its new Cyber Essentials partner for the next 5 years, beginning in April 2020.
Over the summer it was announced that instead of having 5 separate accreditation bodies with their own certification bodies, there would be only one following on from the end of the first quarter next year. After a competition, the IASME Consortium LTD emerged victorious and their Chief Executive, Dr Emma Philpott, MBE, was suitably upbeat:
“We are extremely excited about the prospect of working in partnership with the NCSC to develop and grow the Cyber Essentials scheme.”
CRIBB Cyber Security’s own Patrick Carolan was also in high spirits after the announcement:
“This is a huge development and one that we here at CRIBB welcome with open arms. We have been helping companies with Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus for many years in alignment with the IASME Consortium, and so we are naturally delighted with the decision.”
Cyber Essentials and Cyber Security in general are both hot topics right now, with a very real need for companies to ensure they are doing their utmost to safeguard themselves against potentially damaging cyber-attacks.
These are on the up, but thankfully it does look as though Cyber Essentials is having a positive impact by helping to increase the basic levels of security across all sectors in the UK over the last 5 years.
We at CRIBB Cyber Security have certainly enjoyed some successes here and also with Cyber Essentials Plus, for which we have helped the Healthcare Management Trust, CMP Solutions and Securitas UK to all become certified.
The NCSC is aiming to use the new partnership with IASME to help even more companies throughout the UK to combat cyber-attacks in the coming years, and CRIBB is going to do all that it can to assist in this goal.
You can read the full article on the NCSC website here, but if you are not already Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certified and are looking to change that, doing so via CRIBB will guarantee that you are in a strong position to prevent upwards of 80% of cyber-attacks.
Contact our cyber security experts today to discuss how you can take steps to become Cyber Essentials certified.
CRIBB Cyber Security – An official certification body backed by the UK government that offers companies the chance to implement end-to-end cyber resilience.
Cyber Essentials – A government-backed cyber security certification scheme that focuses on five key mitigation strategies: Secure configuration; boundary firewalls and internet gateways; access control and administrative privilege management; patch management; malware protection.
Cyber Essentials Plus – An on-site technical assessment that is to be gained once Cyber Essentials has been achieved and that incorporates examinations relating to: servers; workstations; BYOD devices and IOT.
IASME – Previously known as one of the five companies appointed as Accreditation Bodies for assessing and certifying against the Government's Cyber Essentials Scheme, and now the key partner of the NCSC.
NCSC – The National Cyber Security Centre, an organisation of the UK Government that became operational in October 2016 and that provides advice and support for the public and private sector on avoiding cyber security threats.