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Cyber Essentials Round-Up

July 10, 20233 min read

Have you missed some of our cyber essentials content? Here's a quick round-up of the posts you've missed:

Cyber Attacks

Have you ever tried to buy tickets for a huge event and found that the seller’s website has collapsed under the weight of thousands of people all trying to do the same thing at the same time?

The ticket site falls over – usually temporarily – because the server is overloaded with traffic it doesn’t have the capacity for.

Criminal Distributed Denial of Service attacks – DDoS, for short – exploit the same principle.

When a DDoS attack targets a business, it floods it with internet traffic in an attempt to overwhelm the system and force it to fail.

This results in the business and its customers being unable to access services. That may trigger a temporary failure, or it could be more serious. Last year, the average DDoS attack lasted 50 minutes.


What is Cyber Essentials UK?

This question has become increasingly prevalent in today's digital landscape, as businesses and individuals alike strive to protect themselves from the ever-growing threat of cyber attacks. Cyber Essentials UK is a government-backed certification scheme that sets out a baseline of cyber security measures for organisations of all sizes. In this introduction, we will delve into the key aspects of Cyber Essentials UK, providing you with a solid foundation for further exploration and you can see if you'd like MaptecIT to help you implement Cyber Essentials.

At its core, Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations guard against common cyber threats and demonstrate their commitment to cyber security. By implementing a set of essential security controls, businesses can significantly reduce their risk of being targeted by cyber criminals. These controls cover areas such as firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, malware protection, and patch management.

One of the key benefits of obtaining Cyber Essentials certification is the peace of mind it brings. With this certification, organisations can reassure their clients, partners, and stakeholders that they have taken the necessary steps to protect sensitive data and maintain a secure online presence. In an era where data breaches and cyber attacks dominate headlines, this level of assurance is invaluable.


Cyber Essentials for IFAs

Why Financial Advisors Need Cyber Essentials

Financial advisors handle sensitive client data daily. Therefore, cyber security is of paramount importance to them. Let's delve into why Cyber Essentials is crucial for independent financial advisors.

Protection from Cyber Threats

In an industry where sensitive data is the norm, financial advisors face numerous cyber threats. Cyber Essentials helps protect against these threats by suggesting robust security measures that mitigate the risk of attacks.

Maintaining Client Trust

Clients entrust financial advisors with their personal and financial information. A security breach could destroy this trust and harm the advisor's reputation. Cyber Essentials can help advisors protect their clients' data and maintain their trust.

Regulatory Compliance

Many financial regulators across the globe require businesses under their purview to have proper cyber security measures in place. Compliance with Cyber Essentials can aid financial advisors in meeting these regulatory requirements.


As you can see, we're cyber security experts, and we'd be happy to have a chat about help your business stay compliant. Give us a call on 0208 075 1400

Asif Patel is a well-respect IT professional that helps trades professionals keep their businesses safe and efficient.

Asif Patel

Asif Patel is a well-respect IT professional that helps trades professionals keep their businesses safe and efficient.

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