In the modern economy, our business is conducted online. We rely on a safe and resilient internet.

Increasingly we see that cyberattacks are focused on more small and medium enterprises. In fact approximately 77% of small and medium businesses are the targets for cyber crime. Typically larger organizations have systems and resources in place to be continually monitoring, for and actively taking actions against, threats. Criminals know that this is not usually the case for small and medium businesses.

As a result, having a standard and set of best practices that can help businesses assess vulnerabilities and threats on an on-going basis, that is both cost-effective and easy-to-use by non-technical resources, is key. This is where Cyber Essentials Canada comes in.

Cyber Essentials Canada is a cybersecurity standard that organizations can be assessed and certified against. It identifies the security controls that an organization must have in place within their IT systems in order to have confidence that they are addressing cybersecurity effectively and mitigating the risk from internet-based threats.

“With over USD 1 billion investment in cybersecurity every year, security is a top priority at Microsoft. We view cybersecurity as one of the most important aspects for any economy that is rapidly digitizing and support the Cyber Essentials Standard as an effective foundation for every SMB or larger organizations with concerns about the security standards applied within their own supply chains. As well, these standards are a good first step in driving compliance with GDPR as they address pivotal security safeguards mandatory for an effective GDPR strategy.”
– Charlotte Burke, Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Canada

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that the cybersecurity breach of retail giant Target in 2013 was caused by a third-party HVAC company that was a supplier to the retail giant?

Cyber Essentials focuses on the following five key controls:

Cyber Essentials Canada provides organizations with clear guidance on implementation as well as offering independent certification for those who want it.

Providing a basic but essential level of protection, Cyber Essentials Canada enables organizations practicing more documented cybersecurity practices to benefit by making this a unique selling point for their customers. With certification, organizations can then demonstrate to their customers that they take cybersecurity seriously and that the supply chain is better protected.

There are two levels of certification that can be obtained via Cyber Essentials Canada: Cyber Essentials Basic and Cyber Essentials Plus.

CyberNB is the Cyber Essentials Canada National Project Authority for Canada

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Benefits of Cyber Essentials

With approximately 77% of global crime targeting small and medium businesses, protecting your assets and that of your customers has never been more important. Business is conducted online and protecting your data, is critical.

Cyber Essentials Canada provides five security controls that can help prevent “approximately 80% of  common internet attacks.

Properly implemented, cybersecurity has the additional advantage of driving business efficiency throughout the organization, saving money and improving productivity.

Certification demonstrates to your customers, your shareholders and your employees that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your data, your customers’ data and your employees’ personal data. Being Cyber Essentials Canada certified provides you and your team with the tools to help be better prepared.

Cyber Essentials Canada certification may also reduce your cyber liability insurance premiums.

Cyber Essentials Canada provides five security controls that can help prevent “approximately 80% of common internet attacks”

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A Cyber Essentials basic or Cyber Essentials Plus badge will enhance your business’s reputation and open up new commercial opportunities by proving to your customers that you take the security of their information seriously and are taking the necessary steps to reduce cyber risks.

If you are a supplier for any organization that wants to manage their third-party risks, the independent verification of your security proficiency provided by certification demonstrates that you take supply chain risk seriously.

The Cyber Highway is the only route to Cyber Essentials certification in Canada.

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