The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched Cyber Essentials - a scheme aimed at highlighting security controls that will help organisations mitigate the risk to their IT systems from internet-based threats.

The scheme focuses on five essential mitigations within the context of the 10 Steps to Cyber Security. It provides organisations with guidance on implementation, as well as offering independent certification for those who need it.

Welcoming the scheme, the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said:

"Protecting personal data depends on good cyber security, and the threats and challenges are getting ever more sophisticated. All too often organisations fail at the basics.  This scheme focuses on the core set of actions that businesses should be taking to protect themselves, their customers, and their brand.

"Cyber Essentials enables businesses to demonstrate that they are taking action to control the risks."

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