Cyber Essentials

SBL are proud to add Cyber Essentials to our list of accreditations.

As a cyber security specialist, we practice what we preach, and we believe it's important that we can demonstrate this to our customers. Achieving this accreditation gives our customers confidence that we take our own internal cyber security very seriously and that precautionary measures are in place to reduce cyber risks within SBL. This has been independently verified by IASME.

About Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously. The scheme is available at two levels:

  • Cyber Essentials - an independently verified self assessment. Organisations assess themselves against five basic security controls and a qualified assessor verifies the information provided.
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS – a higher level of assurance. A qualified and independent assessor examines the same five controls, testing that they work in practice by simulating basic hacking and phishing attacks.

The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities – which are freely available on the internet.
Organisations that undertake Cyber Essentials are encouraged to recertify at least once a year and, where appropriate, progress their security. Since 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts. For further information please see\cyberessentials


IASME is one of five companies appointed as Accreditation Bodies for assessing and certifying against the Government's Cyber Essentials Scheme.
In addition to the Cyber Essentials scheme, IASME offers its own Governance standard which is seen as a realistic alternative to ISO27001 by an increasing number of companies. The standard, based on international best practice, is risk-based and includes aspects such as physical security, staff awareness, and data backup. The IASME standard was recently recognised as the best cyber security standard for small companies by the UK Government when in consultation with trade associations and industry groups. The IASME governance self assessment includes the Cyber Essentials assessment within it.

SBL are accredited to the IASME Standard and are ISO27001 accredited.

SBL's Accreditations

Read about SBL's accreditations and policies here.

Published: 28/07/2017

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