Contributed by Lucid Systems
28/06/2021 - Lucid Systems
In today’s increasingly digital world, data security is more important than ever. You must put into place policies and processes to ensure that your systems have complete protection against cyber threats and data breaches.
Lucid Systems, work closely with their clients to ensure that their businesses are as resilient as possible. As part of any IT strategy, Lucid Systems always recommend that companies should apply for Cyber Essentials certification. This is a government-backed scheme that provides verifiable proof of your commitment to online security.
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that launched in 2014. It is an accreditation backed by both the Federation of Small Businesses and the CBI. As such, it is a valuable tool to show stakeholders that you are committed to protecting your business and your data.
Small and Medium-sized businesses are often seen as critical targets for many cyber criminals because they are often less resilient to attacks than larger firms. This is because small companies are working with reduced budgets, or they may have a lack of specialist technical knowledge available within their in-house teams. As a result, they may be unaware of how and when to implement fundamental security fixes.
If this sounds familiar, then Cyber Essentials certification can be an effective middle-ground for those businesses who may not have the time or resources to install a comprehensive cybersecurity system.
As an accreditation scheme, Cyber Essentials shows that you are focusing your efforts on the core essentials, such as protection from hacking, phishing scams, or password leaks. It also focuses on ensuring that your entire IT infrastructure is protected from cyberattacks, from your servers and networking equipment to your laptops, company phones, and tablets.
Lucid Systems, they understand the pressures that their clients face. They know that although cyber security should always be a priority, it can be forgotten about due to the pressures of day-to-day operations. However, they also know that if your cyber security goes wrong, it can lead to disastrous consequences.
A core aspect of any cyber security policy is knowing how to regain access to your IT systems following a malicious breach. If hackers have targeted you, then time is of the essence. The quicker you can gain access to your data, the faster you can recover. In a worst-case scenario, if a cyber criminal gained access to your customer data (such as payment details), it could cause your business to cease trading.
Therefore, it’s clear that businesses of all sizes should make their cyber security an immediate priority.
This is where Lucid Systems can help.
They work collaboratively with their clients to minimise the stress of online security.
Lucid Systems take the time to assess your IT infrastructure and examine your security practices. As well as making any technical changes to improve your resilience, they can also devise and implement IT policies on your behalf. They take the time to educate your teams on spotting the signs of phishing scams and advise on how to remain vigilant against any threats.
Once they’re confident that your business can ward off any online threats, they can apply for Cyber Essentials certification on your behalf. They will fill in all of the paperwork and ensure that your application is ready for submission. Once they have had the feedback from the assessors (generally within a few days), they can confirm that you have achieved full Cyber Essentials certification.
You can use this certificate to show your clients that you are protecting your business. You can demonstrate to your external stakeholders that you take online security seriously and have demonstrable proof of your internal security processes. Securing Cyber Essentials certification can enhance your business reputation, and you may even find that having this accreditation could open you up to the possibility of new business opportunities.
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