MCM gains Cyber Essentials Certification

26th August 2016

What is Cyber Essentials?

The Cyber Essentials scheme has been developed by Government and industry.  It provides businesses small and large with clarity on good basic cyber security practice. The scheme outlines the basic controls an organisation should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats.  It allows a company to demonstrate to it’s customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken precautions to mitigate the risk of any attack.

10 Steps: Summary – GOV.UK

The 10 steps detailed below cover the main considerations in order to mitigate risk of cyber attack:

  1. Information Risk Management Regime
  2. Network Security
  3. Secure Configuration
  4. Managing User Privileges
  5. Malware Protection
  6. Monitoring
  7. Incident Management
  8. Removable Media Controls
  9. Home and Mobile Working
  10. User Education and Awareness
10 Steps to Cyber Security infographic

10 Steps to Cyber Security

Cyber Essentials is mandatory for central government contracts advertised after 1 October 2014 which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services.

The Cyber Essentials scheme has been developed as part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme and in close consultation with industry.

MCM Environmental Services Ltd – assessed against Cyber Essentials Scheme 

During July and August 2016 our company undertook an assessment of our internet facing infrastructure, including firewalls, routers, end user devices and host systems against the Cyber Essentials requirements.  We implemented some changes to ensure compliance and then applied for certification.  This required completion of an online questionnaire and external scan of our infrastructure.

Once submitted our application for certification was reviewed by IT Governance Ltd.

MCM were awarded final Certification on 18 August 2016.

MCM – Certificate

Following successful certification MCM Environmental Services Ltd can now display the Cyber Essentials Badge on our website, promotional materials, letter heads and email signatures.

Cyber Essentials Badge

Cyber Essentials Badge