Network ROI is helping Scottish SMEs take advantage of the latest scheme to bolster Scotland’s digital infrastructure and protect SMEs against cyber threats. The Scottish Government is offering SMEs in Scotland up to £1000 towards the cost of Cyber Essentials accreditation in a brand new initiative to support business.
Cyber threats come in many forms, and your business network is always under attack. Here is a list of common methods used by hackers to target organisations:
- Email phishing – usually involves targeting many individuals within an organisation
- Spear phishing or CEO fraud – a highly targeted attack method that focuses on top earners within the organisation
- Ransomware – typically activated by clicking on a link in an email or web page to disable computers, enabling the criminal to extort funds
- Viruses and malware – deployed using various methods to disable devices, causing downtime and disruption
- Weak passwords – criminals use methods to target weak passwords to gain entry to company systems
- Web-based threats – criminals compromise legitimate web pages to harvest data such as payment card details
- Dormant user accounts – hackers exploit unused user accounts to enter the company network to suit their nefarious needs
- Outdated software – Hackers target vulnerabilities across devices due to poor patching and OS updates
Hackers and malicious actors don’t discriminate. They pick on the weakest link – whether that’s a person, a weak password or an unused email account. SMEs are especially vulnerable, and it is wrong to assume they only target large corporations.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed scheme designed to help organisations demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity, helping reduce cyber threats by as much as 80%. Given that cybercrime is the most common offence in the country, that’s a considerable reduction.
Cyber Essentials involves implementing a set of five technical controls that will help you:
- Secure your Internet connection
- Secure your devices and software
- Control access to your data and services
- Protect from viruses and other malware
- Keep your devices and software up to date
Benefits of Cyber Essentials accreditation
Achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation has many advantages, such as:
- Drastically reducing the threat of falling victim to cyber-crime, protecting profits and reducing long-term costs
- Boosting consumer confidence that you are taking cyber-security seriously
- Allows you to bid for Public Sector contracts (Government will not consider bids from non-CE certified businesses)
Qualifying for the grant
To ensure fair distribution of the funds, – £500,000 in total has been allocated – the Scottish Government has set out some conditions.
To qualify for the grant, you must:
- Be a Scottish private business with an SC company number or a charity registered with OSCR
- Have not completed Cyber Essentials previously
- Be a designated SME under EU guidelines
- Obtain a pass certificate for Cyber Essentials before you can claim
- Complete the pre-approval process
The grant can be used for any work or services that result in your company obtaining Cyber Essentials.
About Network ROI
Network ROI is committed to helping our clients protect their information against all types of cyber threat. We are Cyber Essentials, Cyber Essentials Plus Assessor and IASME Gold Assessor accredited as well as being a Trusted Police Scotland Cyber Essentials partner – we are ideally placed to support Scottish SMEs with their Cyber Essentials journey.
Want to know more about Cyber Essentials?
Call us on 0131 510 3456 or email Ronnie Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how becoming Cyber Essentials accredited can boost your Scottish SME.