New cyber advisor scheme for businesses to be launched

A new Cyber Advisor scheme will soon offer assured cyber security consultancy services to small and medium sized companies, helping them achieve a minimum standard of security. This will be funded by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) along with IASME, and they are preparing to launch the service. The NCSC will provide initially 100 free qualified cyber advisors to run an assessment for the company, to help them understand baseline security and provide practical help. Essentials will be covered such as firewalls, secure settings, access controls, malware and software updates based on the needs of the company and what’s right for its size.

The NCSC is currently accepting applications for the professionals to offer cyber security consultancy for the programme. When the scheme launches a list of the Cyber Advisor Assured Service Providers will be made available and companies will be able to approach these organisations directly – or through IASME, as the scheme’s delivery partner.

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