Cyber Essentials Consultancy

Cyber Essentials Consultancy is a stress-free way to achieve and maintain the certification your business needs.

We’ve been certified Cyber Essentials consultants since 2015,  so we know exactly what’s required.

It’s a flexible service. We can provide expert guidance or manage the entire application for you. If needed, we can also help with the more advanced Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

Cyber Essentials gives your business a commercial advantage. It proves that you take Cyber Security and data protection seriously — and these days, that’s what customers expect.

Get in touch to tell us how much help you need. Speak to one of the Matrix team on 01329 888 444 or hit the big button to send a message.

Cyber Essentials Certification – How it works

Matrix cybersecurity consultants help you prepare for the certification process. We make sure you get a first-time pass, and maintain certification year after year.

GAP ANALYSIS

We walk you through every security requirement. Where there are gaps, we provide advice and options for closing them.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

We’ll guide you through the self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) or, if you prefer, we can complete this for you.

ONGOING COMPLIANCE

In the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape, your defences stay strong, and the business remains compliant.

CYBER ESSENTIALS — WHY CHOOSE MATRIX?

We’re fully-trained, certified Cyber Essentials consultants. Since 2015, we’ve brought a wealth of Cyber Ssecurity knowledge to businesses of all sizes in multiple industry sectors.

In short, you’ll get the right advice. It will be pragmatic, impartial and completely relevant to your business sector, size, and the type of data you need to protect.

We’ve earned an enviable reputation for our technical expertise, jargon-free communication and business-led approach. But you don’t have to take our word for it…

Matrix has not one, but two ISO accreditations — ISO27001 and ISO9001 — a simultaneous demonstration of rigorous Cyber Security management and excellent service.

Call us on 01329 888 444 and see what you think, or hit the big button to send a message.

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WHY IS CYBER ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are gold standard, government-backed certifications. They provide proof that you’ve done everything possible to keep business data secure.

Increasingly, new customers look for the accreditation logo on websites, and they check your business with the NCSC. If it isn’t there, they’ll look elsewhere.

Cyber Essentials certification also has a number of practical benefits:

– You can bid for large-scale public sector contracts.

– Certification reduces the risk of fines for GDPR non-compliance.

– You’re protected against up to 80% of security breaches.

– Cyber Essentials gives you a process to follow — a framework for improving your security processes.

To achieve the peace of mind that goes with watertight security, get in touch with the Matrix team.

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WHAT ARE THE 5 KEY CYBER ESSENTIAL MEASURES?

The framework sets out 5 key technical measures to help protect businesses against the most common cyber threats. 

Access controls

Firewalls

Malware protection

Secure configuration and network management

Software updates and patching

HOW TO BECOME CYBER ESSENTIALS CERTIFIED

As fully trained certified consultants, we help you implement, achieve and maintain Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications.

Cyber Essentials

Since 2015, Matrix has been guiding companies of all sizes and sectors through the Cyber Essentials application process. 

The Cyber Essentials certification process requires you to implement technical measures and document the actions and processes taken to secure your systems. We help you prepare for your initial certification, close security gaps, achieve compliance and maintain it for the long term.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus is built on the Cyber Essentials simplicity of approach. The protections you need to put in place are the same. However, to become Plus certified, a technical verification must be carried out by the certification body. 

During the technical audit, a range of vulnerability scans are run against a sample of end-user and network devices to check that your systems are Cyber Essentials compliant.

Cyber Essentials Plus must be completed at the same time or within 3 months of an initial Cyber Essentials certification.

Matrix IT can help your business become Cyber Essentials  and Cyber Essentials Plus certified. Whichever level you are applying for, we can guide you through the process or manage the application for you.

Why is Cyber Security so important?

Cyber security protects your business data from theft and damage. This includes sensitive data, personally identifiable information, or personal information and data.

According to The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021, 39% of businesses reported cyber security breaches or attacks over the previous 12 months.

The most common is phishing, where staff receive fraudulent emails or are directed to fraudulent websites. Other cyber threats can include impersonation, viruses or other malware.

Types of breaches or attacks identified in 2021

    • 83% Phishing Attacks
    • 27% Others impersonating organisation in emails or online
    • 9% Virus, spyware or malware (excluding ransomware)
    • 7% Ransomware
    • 7% Takeovers of organisation’s or users’ accounts
    • 2% Unauthorised accessing of files or networks by outsiders
    • 2% Unauthorised accessing of files or networks by staff

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Your Cyber Security Checklist

Are you looking to protect your business from cyber-attacks and data breaches? Download our Cyber Security Checklist and assess your organisation’s overall level of cyber security risk.

In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of securing your IT network, business information and employees, we have created a Cyber Security Checklist to help you get an understanding of your organisation’s overall level of cyber security risk.

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