Should you not be aware the Cyber Essentials Scheme developed by the UK National Cyber Security Centre has undergone an overall of the schemes technical controls.

They have said

“In November 2021 the NCSC announced an overhaul of the Cyber Essentials technical controls and a change to the pricing structure. Both these changes come into effect on 24 January 2022.

When we announced plans to update the Cyber Essential requirements, we said this update was the biggest overhaul of the scheme’s technical controls since its launch in 2014. Six years is a long time in cyber security, but we still believe the basic principles are sound and that Cyber Essentials represents a minimum baseline standard for cyber security in the UK. But today’s organisations are operating in a very different context to 2014. We’ve seen the rise of cloud computing, greater availability of multi-factor authentication, the pervasive threat of ransomware and of course the global pandemic, which has brought an unprecedented change in the way organisations are working and technology is used. This means that although the control themes of firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, malware protection and software updates remain the same, the actual requirements have been expanded to address a range of new scenarios, including home working, the use of BYOD and cloud services. This blog summarises the key points with the details in the updated Requirements for IT infrastructure document and some helpful FAQs on our website”

To read the full item, please visit this link: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/we-think-cyber-essentials-is-well-still-essential

Whilst we have not be asked to disseminate this, I feel it an appropriate message to pass on, therefore do please bring this to the attention of your relevant digital security service, provider, department should they not be aware of such and your organisation is CES approved or looking to go through the CES process in the immediate future.https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberessentials/overview

As always if you have any questions on such guidance, please send your questions in respect of this or indeed any other elements of their content, direct to the NCSC and not your local Force: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/about-this-website/contact-us

Thank you.

Regards, Mark

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