If you interested in gaining Cyber Essentials certification please visit the Cyber Aware website and speak to an Accrediting Body for further information. The pages here are currently undergoing a full review and will be launched as a new site this Autumn.
An outline of the types of threat and the level of defence that are assessed under the Cyber Essentials scheme.
The Cyber Essentials scheme addresses the most common Internet-based threats to cyber security — particularly attacks that use widely available tools and demand little skill. The scheme considers these threats to be:
phishing — and other ways of tricking users into installing or executing a malicious application
hacking — exploiting known vulnerabilities in Internet-connected devices, using widely available tools and techniques
password guessing — manual or automated attempts to log on from the Internet, by guessing passwords
The Cyber Essentials scheme is not designed to mitigate against:
attacks that require physical access to a device
attacks that require interception of particular communications links, whether wireless or not