Launched by the United Kingdom Government’s National Cyber Security Centre in 2014, Cyber Essentials is a security certification designed to help organizations protect their systems, networks, and data from cyberattacks. It is a proven cybersecurity framework that provides organizations of all sizes with essential security controls and business benefits such as increased system and data security, and improved compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR and other existing regulations. It is based on five fundamental security principles that include:

  1. Understanding the threats and risks associated with cybersecurity
  2. Protecting computers and networks against malicious software and other online threats
  3. Checking the strength of passwords and other authentication measures
  4. Setting up firewalls
  5. Training staff on cybersecurity best practices.

There are two levels of certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Kiteworks is now certified to Cyber Essentials Plus. By choosing Kiteworks, businesses can rest assured they are taking the necessary steps in their journey to become Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certified. The benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification are extensive.

Kiteworks provides a wide range of security features to protect sensitive content like intellectual property (IP), personally identifiable information, and protected health information (PII/PHI) against malicious attacks and help comply with Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus requirements. Kiteworks’ hardened virtual appliance, encryption in transit and at rest, user access control, and a comprehensive audit trail of every file entering and leaving the organization help organizations protect their sensitive content against data leaks, external attacks, and compliance violations.

Kiteworks in fact helps organizations demonstrate regulatory compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP), Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), ISO 27000 standards, and other global data privacy regulations. With Kiteworks, organizations also take a big step toward Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certification, so they can demonstrate to customers, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, and other regulatory bodies that they have the tools in place to protect sensitive content whenever it’s shared with trusted third parties.