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UK government launches ‘Cyber Essentials’ badge

By Nick Graham

The UK government has launched a new cyber-security certification framework called ‘Cyber Essentials’. This is part of a continuing effort to get business to take cyber security seriously in the wake of the recent Target, eBay and other breaches. It follows the UK’s 2012 initiative on ‘10 Steps to Cyber Security’. It is backed by the American International Group, the British Insurance Brokers Association, the International Underwriting Association, Marsh and Swiss Re as well as the UK government.

What does Cyber Essentials involve? Basically, the organisation self-assesses its systems against Cyber Essentials requirements. The assessment is then independently verified. This is the low-cost option. Organisations can also be independently tested (so-called ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’). Certification bodies will offer the test and verification searches…

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