The government has launched a new cyber-security certification, allowing businesses to show consumers that they have measures in place to help defend against common cyber threats, such as the recent Gameover Zeus malware attack. The launch of the document was by Cabinet Minister Dr David Willetts MP and partners LSEC and ADS, through the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, were some of the organisations contributing to it.
Until now, there has been no single recognised cybersecurity assurance certification suitable for all businesses to adopt.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) claims that obtaining a Cyber Essentials certification will mean a company can advertise the fact that it takes cybersecurity seriously – boosting its reputation and providing a competitive selling point.
"The recent GOZeuS and CryptoLocker attacks, as well as the eBay hack, show how far cyber criminals will go to steal people’s financial details, and we absolutely cannot afford to be complacent," said Universities and Science Minister David Willetts.
"Developing this new scheme will give consumers further confidence that business and government have defences in place to protect against the most common cyber threats.”
Scheme details here .