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NCSC & IASME re-open applications of the Funded Cyber Essentials Programme

NCSC & IASME re-open applications of the Funded Cyber Essentials Programme

The NCSC have announced that they are re-opening applications for the Funded Cyber Essentials Programme to small organisations in the legal and charities sector that meet certain criteria.

NCSC Funded Cyber Essentials Programme – Charities supporting vulnerable people

The NCSC’s focus is on supporting small organisations who have a low level of cyber maturity, and work with data that is sensitive and of significant impact if disrupted. The programme will offer Cyber Essentials Plus to specific sectors that are at high risk of cyber attack, for no cost.

Criteria:

To qualify for this scheme, companies must be registered in the UK and be;

A micro or small charity (1 to 49 employees) that has a core charitable purpose of supporting vulnerable people; including victims of abuse, support to mental health or the elderly.

or

Holds sensitive personal information (such as health information) about vulnerable people

AND meet the following criteria:

  • has not previously participated in the NCSC Funded Cyber Essentials Programme
  • does not currently hold Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification
  • has not been awarded CE+ certification since January 2023 and is not currently in the process of applying for CE+ certification

How does it work?

The Funded Cyber Essentials Programme will seek to help UK organisations meet Cyber Essentials’ five technical controls – firewalls, secure settings, access controls, malware and software updates – by identifying and implementing improvements that are right for the size and needs of the organisation.

Those that meet the criteria and are eligible for this programme will receive hands-on support from a Cyber Advisor at no cost. However, any additional software or hardware identified by the Assessor that is required to achieve Cyber Essential Plus will not be paid for by the NCSC or their delivery partner, IASME.

Qualifying organisations will receive around 20 hours of remote support with a Cyber Essentials Cyber Advisor. This time will be spent supporting an organisation in implementing the 5 Cyber Essentials Technical Controls, followed by a hands-on technical verification that the controls have been put in place.

Working with IASME, organisations will receive a set amount of hands-on support from a cyber security expert to review technical controls and make configuration changes to the organisation’s systems as needed.

Charities can apply via the form on the IASME website.

Download your Free Information pack here https://www.emcrc.co.uk/information-pack

NCSC Funded Cyber Essentials Programme - Legal Aid Firms

NCSC is re-opening applications for the The Funded Cyber Essentials Programme to law firms that are contracted to provide legal aid services. The NCSC’s focus is on supporting small organisations who have a low level of cyber maturity, and work with data that is sensitive and of significant impact if disrupted.

The programme will offer Cyber Essentials Plus to specific sectors that are at high risk of cyber attack, for no cost.

Criteria:

To qualify for this scheme, companies must be registered in the UK and be;

A micro or small business (1 to 49 employees) that offers legal-aid services.

AND meet the following criteria:

  • has not previously participated in the NCSC Cyber Essentials
  • does not currently hold Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification
  • has not been awarded CE+ certification since January 2023 and is not currently in the process of applying for CE+ certification

How does it work?

The Funded Cyber Essentials Programme will seek to help UK organisations meet Cyber Essentials’ five technical controls – firewalls, secure settings, access controls, malware and software updates – by identifying and implementing improvements that are right for the size and needs of the organisation.

Those that meet the criteria and are eligible for this programme will receive hands-on support from a Cyber Advisor at no cost. However, any additional software or hardware identified by the Assessor that is required to achieve Cyber Essential Plus will not be paid for by the NCSC or their delivery partner, IASME.

Organisations will receive around 20 hours of remote support with a Cyber Essentials Cyber Advisor. This time will be spent supporting an organisation in implementing the 5 Cyber Essentials Technical Controls, followed by a hands-on technical verification that the controls have been put in place. Working with IASME, organisations will receive a set amount of hands-on support from a cyber security expert to review technical controls and make configuration changes to the organisation’s systems as needed.

Companies can apply via the form on the IASME website.

Please note, applications for both sectors are limited, so eligible organisations who are interested in applying are advised to do so at the earliest opportunity.


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