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Cyber Essentials Plus Auditing made easy: How Continuous Controls Monitoring Smooths the Process and Provides Assurance of Compliance.


Cyber Essentials is used by many organisations to ensure that they are adequately protecting themselves against cyber-attacks. Backed by the Government and required when working with Government bodies, Cyber Essentials provides a robust framework for businesses to focus their cyber security efforts.

Cyber Essentials Plus, whilst no different in the 5 core controls groups, layers in a formal auditing process for businesses to receive certification.

What are the challenges organisations face when seeking certification for Cyber Essentials Plus?

Limited Visibility: Without having the correct technology in place to have complete visibility over an organisations entire IT infrastructure it will be virtually impossible to identify threats in time to prevent a detrimental effect on the business.

Manual Processes: Compliance with Cyber Essentials requires regular monitoring and management of security controls. If an organisation only uses manual processes this will become time-consuming, error-prone and often insufficient for maintaining compliance in dynamic IT environments.

Inadequate Detection Timescales: If only manual processes are used, detection of threat and compliance violations will take too much time to identify which will have a sever detrimental effect on an organisation and most certainly prevent compliance to Cyber Essentials.

Increased Vulnerability to Cyber Attacks: Without continuous monitoring of security controls, organisations are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and data breaches. Cyber criminals are constantly evolving their tactics and organisations will struggle to keep pace with emerging threats and vulnerabilities if they do not implement the right technology for monitoring.

Inconsistent Compliance: Without automated monitoring and enforcement mechanisms organisations may struggle to consistently enforce security controls across their IT infrastructure. This inconsistency increases the likelihood of non-compliance with Cyber Essentials requirements and exposes the organisation to greater security risks.

Auditing Challenges: Organisations may face challenges during compliance audits as a result of manual documentation and evidence collection processes that are time-consuming and potentially inaccurate, making it difficult to demonstrate compliance with Cyber Essentials requirements to auditors and regulatory authorities.

Enhancing Cyber Essentials Plus Compliance: Leveraging Continuous Controls Monitoring for Organisational Support – Essential for Modern Businesses

Businesses that must comply with cyber essentials compliance will ultimately need a technology such as Continuous Controls Monitoring if they are to attest accurately, and with confidence, that they are compliant for certification.

Let’s delve into the 5 domains for Cyber Essentials and review how Continuous Controls Monitoring can help:

Secure Configuration: Continuous Controls Monitoring will continuously monitor configurations of critical systems and apps for compliance with security baselines with any deviations alerted.

Firewalls: Network traffic and firewall configurations will be monitored to ensure they are effectively blocking unauthorised access attempts.

User Access: The CCM platform will monitor user access permissions and privileges across an organisation’s entire tech stack, detecting anomalies including unauthorised access attempts, excessive permissions or unauthorised changes to access control settings.

Security Update Management: Endpoints and systems are monitored for missing patches and updates, automatically detecting vulnerabilities and ensuring that all patches are promptly applied to mitigate risk of exploitation from cyber threats.

Malware: Continuous Controls Monitoring will monitor endpoints and network traffic for malware, detecting suspicious activity to enable a more rapid response and mitigation.

In addition to the above, Continuous Controls Monitoring can also provide:

Real-Time Monitoring: CCM monitors, in real time, an organisations entire business infrastructure, meaning that critical systems and assets are visible and security incidents and compliance violations are promptly identified and rectified.

Automated Customised Compliance Reporting: Dashboards are customised for an individual organisation which reports the adherence of security requirements. These can be generated from an exec and operational level supporting audit and regulatory assessments.

Reduction of Cyber Risk: By monitoring your business environment continuously, Continuous Controls Monitoring significantly reduces the risk of security breaches, data breaches and compliance violations. Visibility is significantly enhanced into an organisation’s security, risk and compliance posture which creates proactivity in the way an organisation manages risk.

Would you like to explore how CCM supports Cyber Essentials Plus Compliance further? Why not take a look at our data sheet: Cyber Essentials Plus with Continuous Controls Monitoring (1)

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Peter has the ability to do what many fail to and that is to consistently bring together highly professional teams and build a business environment that is supportive, agile, professional and where everyone enjoys coming into the office.

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Alice has worked in the IT industry for 20 years. Starting in Procurement, she moved into Software Asset Management before transitioning into Customer Success Management. Working across a variety of roles for different industries as both a customer and a service provider has given her a great understanding of what makes a great service. She has always been passionate about building and maintaining great customer relationships and helping her customers achieve their goals.

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Owain has spent nearly a decade building software solutions and products within the cyber security sphere for the likes of government entities, large telecommunication companies, banks and card transaction companies.

This level of experience allows him to swiftly identify business and security processes that can be streamlined with automation, increase the efficiency of existing processes, as well as generate insightful data visualisations and models for members of an organisation at each different level.

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Gary has 15 years’ experience in senior technology roles, and has already been closely involved in starting and taking two technology companies to market.

Totally comfortable with a fast-moving, state-of-the-art technical landscape, he helps his clients maintain and improve security and compliance.

He has a reputation for delivering pragmatic and easy to maintain solutions – business owners and managers enjoy knowing that the security and compliance is well managed and automated, properly instrumented and reported at a competitive cost point.

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Martin is an experienced technology and organisational transformation specialist and an excellent, proven leader and communicator in mission-critical operations, particularly in security technology.

Over the past 20 years, multi-billion pound commercial organisations, including global banks, utilities and major investment funds have trusted Martin to transform their operations to meet financial, operational and compliance targets.

Martin optimises operations, managing and transforming operational teams of between 50 and 500 people, to deliver the highest levels of audit compliance, risk management and financial efficiency.

Often working with other major consultancies and suppliers for new global corporate owners or management teams, Martin will help integrate and streamline operations on a global basis.

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