Cyber Essentials is part of the UK's National Cyber Security Programme. The Cyber Essentials scheme aims to encourage UK business of any size to take steps towards achieving a baseline of cyber security.
Up to 80% of UK businesses are vulnerable to common threats from the internet. By implementing the required controls for Cyber Essentials, the level of risk will be reduced to an acceptable level for most UK businesses.
Cyber Essentials is becoming a major advantage, and in some cases a requirement, to winning business. This is true when dealing with government departments. It is now mandatory for suppliers bidding for information handling contracts for the UK Government to be Cyber Essentials certified.