Cyber Security for SMEs

What is cyber crime?

Cyber security is the means by which individuals and organisations reduce the risk of becoming victims of cyber attack.

The core function is to protect the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access - both online and at work - from theft or damage.

It's also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices, and online.

What can I do?

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. 

Levels of cyber security protection


Initial Assessment

The Initial Assessment will ask you a series of simple questions about your organisation, which will help us determine your level of risk.

After completing the Initial Assessment you will then be required to complete either:

  • The Digitally Aware Assessment: aimed at organisations with lower risk
  • The Digitally Resilient Assessment: aimed at organisations with a higher risk

Digitally Aware Assessment

To achieve the Digitally Aware Certificate complete an online questionnaire; developed in collaboration with BSI and based on the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) ‘Small Business Guide’. 

You will receive a tailored report with recommendations you can take in accordance with the latest Government and police guidance based on your results.

To cover administrative costs there is a nominal fee of £50 + VAT. Certificate is valid for 12 months.

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Digitally Resilient Assessment

To achieve the Digitally Resilient Certificate applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have implemented controls that are appropriate to the level of risk they are exposed to.

BSI assess against the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme; “10 steps to cybersecurity” principles.

The cost will vary depending on a number of factors. Certificate is valid for 12 months.

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