Are you an SME?
In the past 12 months, 58% of all organisations that have reported at least one cyber attack or breach were Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Now more than ever, organisations of all sizes should strive to understand where and how they might be at risk.
That's why, PDSC and the British Standards Institution (BSI) have collaborated to develop a new certification scheme aimed to help SMEs reduce their vulnerability to cyber crime and promote the fact that they take their digital and cyber security seriously.
This scheme replaces the previously run LDSC Membership programme. SMEs are still able to test their resilience to a cyber attack or breach for free and download trusted advice and guidance from Government, the police and others about cyber crime.
Step 1: Test your resilience
The Initial Assessment will ask you a series of simple questions about your organisation. This will help us determine your level of risk. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be given a brief summary of your risk and access to a range of documents from trusted sources that you can download for free.
Step 2: Digitally Aware or Digitally Resilient Assessment
After completing the Initial Assessment you will then either be required to answer further questions for the Digitally Aware Certification or a further assessment will be carried out by BSI for the Digitally Resilient Certificate
DIGITALLY AWARE CERTIFICATE
The 'Digitally Aware' Certificate is aimed at vulnerable organisations to reduce their risk of cyber crime.
To demonstrate your awareness of cyber security issues and promote the fact that your organisation takes digital and cyber security issues seriously, you can apply for the Digitally Aware Certificate, developed exclusively in collaboration with BSI.
The process requires you to complete an online questionnaire that is based on the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) ‘Small Business Guide’. On successful completion of this process, you will obtain a certificate valid for 12 months.
You will also receive a tailored report with specific recommendations of actions you can take in accordance with the latest Government and police guidance based on the results of your questionnaire.
To cover administrative costs, there is a nominal fee of £50 + VAT.
DIGITALLY RESILIENT CERTIFICATE
The enhanced 'Digitally Resilient' Certificate is aimed at those organisations with a higher risk of cyber crime.
Assessment for this is carried out through BSI.
To achieve the ‘Digitally Resilient’ certification, applicants need to demonstrate compliance with the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme
The cost will vary depending on a number of factors. This may include the nature of the organisation, the sector it operates in, its exposure to risk and the integration of cyber connectivity throughout its organisational model.