May 13 2014.

There's a new government scheme to help businesses stay safe online. Called the Cyber Essentials scheme, it provides clarity to organisations on what good cyber security practice is and sets out the steps they need to follow to manage risks.

Once organisations have been independently assessed against the best practice recommendations they can apply for the Cyber Essentials award. This will demonstrate to (potential) customers that they have achieved a certain level of cyber security and take it seriously.

The new scheme is also applicable to other organisations including universities, charities and public bodies.

The Cyber Essentials profile is available to download. Organisations can self-assess themselves straightaway and will also be able to apply to be assessed and gain formal certification, leading to award of a Cyber Essentials badge.

The scheme has been developed following consultation with the British Standards Institution (BSI), IASME and the Information Security Forum (ISF) as well as businesses and professional bodies.

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