Cyber Essentials Vs IASME Governance

Cyber Essentials vs IASME Governance – What is The Difference?

Is IASME Governance the same as IASME Cyber Essentials?

As a small business, it can be difficult to differentiate between different cyber security standards. This is especially true when different certification standards are packaged together — as is the case with IASME Governance and Cyber Essentials.
Here, we’ll help clarify the difference between IASME Governance and IASME Cyber Essentials. We’ll also look at what level of certification might be best for your business.

What is IASME Governance?

IASME Governance is an Information Assurance standard that aims to be a low-cost, yet effective alternative to ISO 27001.

ISO 27001 itself is an International Organization for Standardisation standard that outlines legal, technical, and physical controls necessary for business Information Security Management Systems.

Sadly, the cost for an ISO 27001 assessment typically comes in at £2850 to £14,250. IASME Governance, therefore, mirrors many of the key tenements of ISO 27001. However, the costs for IASME certification is much lower.

IASME Governance Basics

The IASME Governance Standard covers several key areas of contemporary data security.

  • Compliant businesses can identify potential risks that arise from handling and processing sensitive data.
  • IASME Governance Certification demonstrates that businesses have adequate controls in place to prevent data breaches.
  • To comply with IASME Governance, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they can detect potential problems in business processes that can result in accidental data breaches, cyber-attacks, and deliberate attempts to subvert security processes.
  • To achieve IASME Governance Certification, businesses must be able to show how they will respond to (and recover from) potential data breaches and security incidents.

IASME Governance was also recently updated to reflect new data protection regulations in the EU that fall under the banner of GDPR.

What is IASME Cyber Essentials?

IASME Governance and IASME Cyber Essentials might sound similar. However, Cyber Essentials only outlines basic controls for preventing cyber attacks on businesses arising from common cyber security threats. Cyber Essentials focuses on Technical Controls.

IASME Cyber Essentials Basics

  • Cyber Essentials outlines best practices for preventing malware, viruses, and ransomware attacks.
  • To achieve Cyber Essentials Certification, businesses must be able to show that they use firewalls to secure their security perimeter.
  • Cyber Essentials outlines how businesses can stay secure using software patches and updates.
  • The Cyber Essentials scheme outlines how businesses can stay secure by properly configuring their IT system and network settings.

IASME Cyber Essentials also outlines best practices for managing who has access to sensitive business data. However, to achieve certification, businesses don’t need to show that they can detect & respond to data breaches. Neither does Cyber Essentials Certification require businesses to have in place a cyber security disaster recovery strategy.

What is an IASME Governance Audit?

Both IASME Governance and IASME Cyber Essentials basic offer a basic level of certification through self-assessment. However, only an IASME Governance Audited certificate will let other businesses know that your organisation has comparable controls in place to those mandated by ISO 27001.

  • To achieve IASME Governance Audited Certification, you will first need to reach out to an approved IASME certification body like ourselves at Defensity.
  • When you reach out to us, we will provide details of the auditing process and schedule a time to visit your workplace.
  • Audits typically take the form of interviews with you and your employees. However, if you are also looking to achieve Cyber Essentials Plus Certification, a technical audit of your IT systems will also be undertaken.

If your business is spread across several locations, our assessor may also visit several of these to ensure that you do satisfy all requirements for certification.

What are the Benefits of IASME Governance Certification?

Having IASME Governance Certification allows smaller UK businesses to demonstrate a high level of ISO 27001 comparable security awareness.

Overall, certification helps establish a higher degree of trust with other businesses, consumers, and potential supply chain partners. Added support for GDPR also helps your organisation stay complainant with the latest EU and UK data security standards.

During email threat assessments, our team at Defensity will test to see whether malicious files can penetrate your email defenses. To do this, we will send test files to different email accounts associated with your organization.

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How Can I Get IASME Governance Certification?

If you bid for government contracts or work with international suppliers and distributors, IASME Governance can help your business compete more effectively against others in your industry.

To gain certification, reach out to our team at Defensity today. As soon as you do, we will talk you through the process and give you an estimate for fully audited certification.


Most frequent questions and answers

Cyber Essentials can cost as little as £300 if you complete the assessement yourself. We offer consultancy hours to go with this.

If your business fails, we will give some guidance on how to address the problem – our guidance and advice is completely free.

Cyber Essentials Certification is valid for a 1 year period. Every year, your organisation will need to recertify.

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