July 20, 2020

Cyber Essentials Gibraltar


Gibraltar is a Finance Centre and Gibraltar companies need to be Cyber Secure. Netgear Business in Gibraltar can help you get started on your compliance journey with Cyber Essentials.


Ever since the Cyber Essentials scheme launched in 2014, SMEs and large companies have used it as a way to strut their cybersecurity expertise and comply with industry regulations. Those conscientious companies that complete the scheme get themselves listed on a searchable register of certified businesses and organisations.


Unfortunately, many companies are in the dark about the Cyber Essentials scheme. According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019, only 11% of businesses are aware of the Cyber Essentials certification and what it means.


The truth is that the journey to cybersecurity compliance isn’t as simple as filling out an application. The road can wind from the basics of Cyber Essentials to the independent auditing of Cyber Essentials Plus. Some organisations even choose to go down the root of ISO27001 compliance.




Cyber Essentials Gibraltar

The Cyber Essentials scheme is a cybersecurity certification that outlines the security procedures a company should have in place to keep their data secure. Firewalls, internet gateways, secure configuration, access control, malware  protection, and patch management are the protection measures the certification covers.

To achieve certification you must complete a self-assessment questionnaire and submit it through an online portal. Once you have applied, a certification body assesses and grades the application. After completing the scheme, you will have achieved the basic Cyber Essentials certification. At this point, you’ve shown you get the essentials of cybersecurity in place. If you really want to prove to clients that you have robust cybersecurity procedures, then you will need to be verified by an independent expert. For that you will need to complete Cyber Essentials Plus.






Cyber Essentials Plus Gibraltar
Cyber Essentials Plus is the higher level of certification offered under the Cyber  Essentials scheme. To achieve this certification, you need to hold an independent assessment onsite (which is conducted by a qualified auditor).

The auditor will review your cybersecurity measures and verify that your data  handling skills are up to scratch. We recommend Cyber Essentials Plus to those  who want a thorough assessment of their cybersecurity measures. Deciding which certification is better depends entirely on your goals. If you’re looking to achieve  certification just to get on the public register and access certain government contracts, you should opt for Cyber Essentials. However, if you want to really show  your customers that data protection is a high priority and work with top-notch clients, Cyber Essentials Plus is the better option.

It is important to note that both levels have the same requirements that you need to fulfil. The difference lies in the type of assessment and the cost of paying for independent auditing to achieve the Plus certification. You also want to consider how much you have to spend. SMEs are unlikely to have the budget to pay for an independent auditor, so unless data compliance is critical to your sector, the Cyber Essentials certification is usually sufficient.



That’s why Netgear Business is here in Gibraltar to help guide you through the cybersecurity journey. If you want to learn more about automating continuous compliance for your organisation, get in touch with us: solutions@netgear.gi We are offering a no obligation, initial free consultation to help guide you in the right direction.


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