Scotland-based SMEs can apply for £1500 vouchers to achieve Cyber Essentials certification

The voucher scheme, developed by the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership, follows a report that showed that one in ten Scotland-based small businesses are not concerned about or prepared for a cyber attack. Moreover, 19% of small businesses admitted not taking any action to prevent or avoid a cyber attack

To overcome these major cyber security concerns and help businesses improve their cyber security, the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership has introduced a voucher scheme offering £1,500 to help Scottish SMEs achieve certification to Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus.

The voucher scheme demonstrates that it “is an award to help organisations secure the services of an industry expert to help them with their cyber security strategy. This expert will also be able to answer any questions they might have to help them get their systems sense checked by the Cyber Essentials UK Government Standard. The voucher is of the value of up to £1.5k per company”. To find out about the voucher scheme – please click here.

The application form can be accessed via your HIE, SE or Business Gateway contact.

Cyber Essentials (CE) is a cyber security certification scheme that sets out a baseline of cyber security suitable for all organisations. The scheme requires five key security controls to prevent “around 80% of cyber attacks”.

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