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Cyber Essentials can be funded for charities

Cyber Essentials certification is now funded for charities and law firms delivering legal aid.
By Ian Lloyd,

This funded Cyber Essentials programme will seek to help UK organisations meet the five technical controls of  Cyber Essentials – firewalls, secure settings, access controls, malware and software updates – by identifying and implementing improvements that are right for the size and needs of the organisation.

The programme’s support will be focused on small organisations with low level security capabilities that face a high risk of cyber attack. This will include those sectors that hold sensitive data where there would be a significant impact on their clients or customers if that data was leaked. 

To qualify for this scheme, the organisation must either be;

  • a micro or small business (1 to 49 employees) that offers legal aid services
  • a micro or small charity (1 to 49 employees excluding volunteers) that processes personal data, as defined under GDPR

Organisations that meet the criteria and that are eligible for the programme will receive hands-on support from a Certifying Body (CB) at no cost, although please note that the NCSC and IASME (our Cyber Essentials partner) won't provide any additional software or hardware that the assessor identifies is required to achieve Cyber Essentials.

Qualifying organisations will receive around 20 hours of remote support with a Cyber Essentials Assessor. This time will be used to support an organisation to implement the five technical controls of Cyber Essentials, followed by a hands-on technical verification that the controls have been put in place. Working with IASME, organisations will then receive a set amount of hands-on support from a cyber security expert to review technical controls and make configuration changes to the organisation’s systems if required.

To apply use the following link