The UK government launches Cyber Essentials scheme

On 5 June 2014, the government launched its Cyber Essentials scheme, which sets out requirements for basic technical protection from cyber attacks.

The scheme requirements outline the basic controls that the government states that all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet-based threats. The controls outlined in the scheme fall into the following categories: (1) boundary firewalls and internet gateways; (2) secure configuration; (3) access control; (4) malware protection; and (5) patch management.

In addition to the scheme requirements, the government issued an ‘assurance framework’ through which it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken the essential precautions recommended by the scheme. Under the assurance framework, businesses that implement security measures in line with the guidelines can apply for a certificate to indicate their commitment to cyber security and to advertise the fact that they adhere to government-endorsed standards…

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