John M Lewis & Co have just become certified with Cyber Essentials. This gives us a nationally recognised standard for cyber security and helps reassure our clients that we are working towards securing our IT against cyber attacks, among other things!
Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously.
The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities – which are freely available on the internet.
Organisations that undertake Cyber Essentials are encouraged to re-certify at least once a year and, where appropriate, progress their security.
Since 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0914-cyber-essentials-scheme-certification