Government Places Importance on Cyber Essentials

Matt Hancock, the minister for Digital and Culture, made it clear today that the Government wishes Cyber Essentials Accreditation to become a priority for all businesses. This comes after 2016 was plagued consistently with high-profile attacks: ranging from Yahoo to the American Election. In a recent IoD Survey, it was found that whilst 95% of business leaders considered cyber security to be very/quite important to their business; 45% did not have a formal cyber security strategy in place.

Cyber Essentials is already a requirement for many Government suppliers and sub-contractors, such as in the Healthcare and defence industries. However, Matt Hancock stated that the Government will be widening this Cyber Essentials criterion to include more suppliers than ever. Furthermore, a number of the UK’s biggest firms, such as Barclays, BT, Vodafone and Airbus Defence & Security, have agreed to promote Cyber Essentials accreditation to their suppliers.

7 Elements is the leading Scotland- based Cyber Essentials Certification Body. As an independent technical information assurance consultancy, we pride ourselves on being well placed to help your organisation through the process of gaining Cyber Essentials certification.

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