Cyber Essentials Series Part 1: The Background & What you need to know

Apr 17, 2024 | Cyber Security

We’ve all heard the terms ‘cyber threats’ and ‘cyber security’, but what do they really mean, how seriously should you take them, and what can you do to protect your business and staff in this fluid digital era?

In a series of articles, we’re going to explore exactly this topic, giving you the tools you need to ensure your business is safeguarded against all threats, all the time.

Let’s begin…

Simply put, in today’s business ecosystem, safeguarding your digital assets is not just prudent – it’s essential. And it’s not just about protecting your business’s day-to-day functionality, it’s equally important to protect your clients’ data, your internal and external communications, your hard-won reputation and more.

Cyber security is the cornerstone of this protection, encompassing a range of strategies and technologies aimed at defending against malicious cyber threats.

Its also not all about software (such as anti-virus or anti-spam) to give you protection, many issues arise from a lack of knowledge or understanding of where the threats come from and how they can be easily reduced by awareness and simple in-house practices.


What are some of the most common cyber threats?

Major cyber threats include:

  • Data breaches
  • Ransomware attacks
  • Phishing scams
  • Malware infections

Find out more about cyber threats.


What exactly is cyber security?

Cyber security encompasses a broad array of strategies, technologies, practices, and measures aimed at protecting digital assets, systems, networks, and data from unauthorised access, exploitation, theft, disruption, or damage.

But how can you protect your business against cyber-attacks? Investing in Cyber Essentials is a great way to keep your shield your business from breaches.


What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed scheme designed to educate, train and help you to protect your organisation against a range of the most common cyber attacks.

Cyber Essentials provides fundamental protection against common cyber attacks through a self-assessment option. This shields your digital assets from basic threats, reducing the risk of becoming a prime target for cybercriminals.

Certification helps you demonstrate both internally and to your clients that your business and their information is protected and visibly demonstrates your commitment to cybersecurity best practices.


Cyber Essentials vs Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus elevates this protection with a hands-on technical verification process, ensuring the effectiveness of your cybersecurity measures. While retaining the simplicity of Cyber Essentials, it offers an advanced level of assurance.

This certification process identifies vulnerabilities and amplifies defences against sophisticated cyber threats. Ultimately, it enhances security to withstand evolving challenges, safeguarding your critical assets and operations.

By acquiring this knowledge, business owners can take proactive steps to secure their IT environments and mitigate the risk of falling victim to cyber threats.


In our next article we’ll delve more deeply into the various cyber threats and explain why having Cyber Essentials is, well, essential! Look out for that next month.

In the meantime, if you have any questions around your IT security or any other IT-related needs, contact the iTEXS team today on 01223 834844.


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