The NCSC invited organisations, including The Cyber Scheme, to help develop a new Cyber Advisor (Cyber Essentials) service to provide small and medium sized organisations with reliable and cost effective cyber security advice and practical support.
The focus of that advice and support will be on the implementation of the technical controls set out in Cyber Essentials. This approach will improve the cyber security of small organisations and reduce the likelihood of the most commonly experienced cyber attacks.
Under the new scheme those organisations who have a qualified Cyber Advisor on their staff will be able to apply to become an NCSC Assured Service Provider. Only organisations which become Assured Service Providers and employ a qualified Cyber Advisor will be able to offer NCSC assured Cyber Advisor services to customers.
How does it work?
The Cyber Advisor scheme gives buyers the confidence that their chosen service provider is offering cyber security advice to an NCSC approved standard. All Cyber Advisors must work for a company which has met the NCSC’s standards and been accepted as an Assured Service Provider.
Who is it for?
The Cyber Advisor scheme is for small and medium sized organisations across the UK aiming to improve their basic cyber security and avoid the disruption caused by some of the most common cyber attacks.
What is the assessment process?
NCSC accredited Cyber Advisors will have to pass an independent assessment. This measures their:
- knowledge and understanding of the Cyber Essentials’ technical controls
- competence in providing practical, hands-on support
- ability to understand and work with small and medium sized organisations.
The assessment process is made up of three elements: multiple choice test; questions requiring short form written answers and a face-to-face interview with an assessor.
The assessment tests the candidates’ knowledge of the Cyber Essentials Standard and the practical skills required to implement any recommendations made to organisations who wish to meet the Standard.
The Cyber Scheme has now been licensed as an Assessment Provider by IASME, who are operating the scheme on behalf of the NCSC. Candidates will be able to book their exams directly with The Cyber Scheme from late April.
For more information on the Cyber Advisor scheme, or to view a full list of assured Cyber Advisor providers please visit IASME’s webpage.
It can be difficult for small organisations to know who to turn to for reliable cyber security advice. The following information has been provided by the NCSC to help buyers and service providers.
All Cyber Advisors must work for a company which has met the NCSC’s standards and been accepted as an Assured Service Provider.
This means that Cyber Advisors have met the NCSC standard and have passed an assessment. By choosing a Cyber Advisor through one of our Assured Service Providers, you can have confidence that they have met the NCSC standard. They will have had to demonstrate a proven track record of delivering high quality customer service and tailored advice to meet an organisation’s particular needs.
When choosing a provider, a business may wish to consider whether they have the relevant experience in the sectors they operate in, or in the technology that they use.
There is no recommended price for assured Cyber Advisors to charge. Each job will vary dependent upon the size of the organisation and the complexity of their IT.