Softcat 'adds' Cyber Essentials Plus

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2019
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By Alexander Lewis
Cyber Security Assessor

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Here at Softcat, we recognise that addressing cyber security is of key importance to all organisations, So much so that it forms one of our four IT Priorities.

But obtaining certification to independently verify cyber competence can be a challenge. Some certifications can be hugely detailed and costly to obtain – and don’t necessarily improve an organisation’s defences – while some are too broad, meaning they don’t truly represent a fitness to operate.

However, we believe CyberScore – available through our Cyber Assessment Services – can solve this problem. By combining industry leading controls assessments with in-depth vulnerability scanning and threat simulation, we can offer our customers the ability to certify to the Cyber Essentials Plus standard without the need for expensive on-site manual assessments. It’s automated through our intelligent tooling, and, subject to the extent of the remediation required post-assessment, Cyber Essentials Plus can be achieved in 48hrs.

How does Cyber Essentials Plus differ to Cyber Essentials? 

Cyber Essentials Plus is the superior version of the Cyber Essentials standard and focuses on five main technical controls:

  1. Firewalls
  2. Secure Configuration
  3. User Access Control
  4. Malware Protection
  5. Patch Management

The key difference between the two is that Cyber Essentials Plus uses an independent assessment of an organisation’s controls against the Cyber Essentials standard. However, since the scheme’s launch this has relied on specialist assessors which made achieving Cyber Essentials Plus significantly more costly than the basic, questionnaire-led Cyber Essentials certification. Softcat’s intelligent tooling can now conduct this verification without the need for an on-site visit.

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We consider that there is more value in looking at how cyber security fits in with an organisation’s wider business objectives, rather than looking at it in isolation, so our Cyber Security Assessment Services go much further. Our assessment team works with organisations to obtain a clear and prioritised understanding of their current security posture. With subject matter experts that cover technical controls and implementation as well as policy and governance, we work with organisations to develop a security excellence programme bespoke to their risk appetite and budgets.

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If you think certifying with Cyber Essentials Plus would be of benefit to your organisation, or are interested in finding out more about our Cyber Security Assessment Services, please get in contact with your Softcat account manager who will be more than happy to set up a call. If you don’t have an account with Softcat please get in touch via the button below.

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