Scottish Enterprise has announced the following deadline in relation to the Cyber Essentials Voucher Scheme.
If you haven’t made your application but were planning to do so, there is now only a matter of weeks left.
“The deadline for submitting applications for the Cyber Voucher Scheme is Friday 6th March 2020. Please note the closure date is subject to change and will be dependent on available budget. All applications will be processed and approved by 31st March 2020. All activity must be completed and accreditation achieved by 31st July 2020.”
Cyber Essentials is the government-backed initiative that was first launched in June 2014. The scheme is primarily aimed at businesses who do not have their own security teams already in place. A report last year showed that businesses in Europe are targeted by Ransomware more than companies in any other part of the world.
SMEs and voluntary organisations based in Scotland can apply for vouchers of a value of up to £1000 to gain their Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification. Having the certification is absolutely crucial in today’s current climate as it demonstrates that you are committed to achieving the basic level of security. This is an excellent way to stay ahead of the curve and ensure that your customers and suppliers feel confident that their information is safe with you. It also demonstrates to your employees you keep them secure.
The certification includes review and remediation of:
- A firewall to secure your internet connection
- The most secure settings for your devices and software
- Control over who has access to your data and services
- Protection from viruses and other types of malware
- Devices and software being up to date
Another welcome assurance is that Cyber Essentials aspects of emerging risk from GDPR adherence, at a time many businesses haven’t fully made this transition.