7th February 2020



Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed scheme which was created in 2014. A cyber essentials certification brings many benefits to an organisation, including protection against 80% of the most common cyber attacks, an increased credability and reputation.  The scheme is designed for all organisations as cyber-attacks can impact businesses of all sizes, industries, and sectors.

Many organisations do not consider falling victim to cyber-attacks as a likely scenario, so fail to have the basic controls in place. The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 showed that 32% of businesses and 22% of charities experienced cyber-attacks in the last 12 months. Businesses falling victim to an attack have decreased by 10% since 2017. This is due to increased defences against cyber-attacks alike the controls in the scheme.

The benefits of Cyber Essentials


1. Protects DVS from 80% of common cyber threats– The 5 technical controls within the scheme when implemented, helps protects DVS from 80% of common cyber-attacks and tighten security. The 5 controls are firewalls, secure configuration, control user access, anti-malware and phishing.

2. Increased credibility and reputation– Achieving Cyber Essentials certification shows our commitment to protecting our own data and that o your customers and clients. The certification increases the reputation of DVS business and shows that we are taking preventative actions to reduce the threat from cyber-attacks.

3. Win government contracts and open business opportunities– To bid for government contracts we require to be Cyber Essentials certified. New business opportunities are opened as it demonstrates to business partners and new clients that we are working in a safe and secure digital environment.