Malvern-based IASME, a specialist in cybersecurity and information assurance certification, has announced it has been chosen by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to be the sole Cyber Essentials Partner from 1 April 2020.
IASME has been an accreditation body for the Cyber Essentials Scheme since its inception in 2014, which is supported by the UK government to help businesses guard against the most common cyber threats. Since its launch, the Cyber Essentials Scheme has helped to protect more than 30,000 UK businesses from the most commonly seen cyber-threats. The scheme was developed to protect organisations against low-level ‘commodity threats’. It focuses on the five most important technical security controls that businesses should have in place to prevent malicious attacks. These controls were identified by the government as those that, if they had been in place, would have stopped the majority of successful cyber-attacks over the past few years.
Until now, Cyber Essentials has been delivered through multiple accreditation bodies and their respective certification bodies. To simplify the customer experience and improve consistency, the NCSC has appointed IASME as a single Cyber Essentials partner to take over the running of the scheme, making day-to-day operations easier and streamlining the development process to ensure Cyber Essentials remains relevant.
Current certification bodies have been instrumental in the success of the Cyber Essentials Scheme. Existing certification bodies will be encouraged to apply to the new Cyber Essentials Partner to continue to provide Cyber Essentials as part of the revised scheme. The scheme also welcomes new certification bodies or anyone from the cybersecurity industry interested in promoting the scheme. More information can be found on the IASME website at www.iasme.co.uk
IASME’s Chief Executive, Dr Emma Philpott MBE, said: ‘We are extremely excited about the prospect of working in partnership with the NCSC to develop and grow the Cyber Essentials Scheme. We have seen such a positive effect already over the past five years where Cyber Essentials has increased the basic levels of security across sectors such as charities, healthcare and education in particular. We are so pleased that we can be part of future developments, working closely with the excellent certification bodies, trade bodies, police and other key stakeholders, to ensure further growth of the scheme.’
Anne W, NCSC Head of Commercial Assurance Services, added: ‘The NCSC is looking forward to working in partnership with the IASME team to ensure that the scheme continues to evolve and meet the cybersecurity challenges of tomorrow; a scheme that puts cybersecurity within reach of the vast majority of UK organisations.’
More information can be found from NCSC at www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/iasme-consortium-new-cyber-essentials-partner.