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IT Security Voucher Scheme Launched by Government!

  • £1 million Government Grant for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Businesses
  • Specialist Advice From Cyber Security Experts
  • Package of Initiatives, Including Online Learning and Careers Hub!

 

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Who does this scheme apply for?

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey, spoke at the Reform “Cyber Security: assurance, resilience, response” conference in London, and has outlined how this new voucher is designed specifically for SME’s (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises).

 

What does this scheme do?

This voucher scheme is part of a package of initiatives which have been designed to increase the resilience of businesses in the UK to cyber attacks.

Incorporated in this package is a new online learning and careers hub, which is to help ensure the UK has the cyber skills talent group to protect both public and private sectors as we face the reality of increasing threats from the cyber world.

 

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:

“We want to help protect UK businesses against cyber attack and make the UK safest place in world to do business online. The new voucher scheme will offer increased protection for small businesses, and the new online hub will help ensure we have the skilled workforce in place to manage the increased pressures of the digital age.”

 

What does this scheme offer?

This new £1 million cyber security innovation voucher scheme offers micro, small and medium sized businesses up to £5,000 for specialist advice to boost their cyber security and protect new business ideas and intellectual property. The scheme is overseen by the Government’s innovation experts at Innovate UK.

These vouchers also enable businesses to access services from the UK cyber security industry. This new scheme will help businesses to adopt Cyber Essentials, Government’s flagship scheme to protect businesses online.

 

How ISO 27001 Will Help

ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised standard for information security management.

This is not just IT security, ISO 27001 takes a business risk approach to all information assets of the organization and creates a framework for managing threats to those assets.

The ISO 27001 standard takes a risk management approach to information security and therefore requires the organization to define a risk assessment methodology.

After assessing the threats to information assets, the standard provides 114 possible controls to apply, within Annex A.

ISO 27001 also requires consideration of legal and other requirements placed on the organization, and this is become more relevant as Data Protection Laws are evolving across Europe, America and the world.

 

You can find out more dedicated information on our Tech Risk Website here:

http://www.assenttechrisk.co.uk/info-sec/

We also offer a Cyber Essentials Scheme, you can find more dedicated information on the Scheme here:

http://www.assenttechrisk.co.uk/info-sec/cyber-essentials-scheme/

More information on this Government Scheme can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-5000-government-grant-for-small-businesses-to-boost-cyber-security