Matt Hancock Announces New Push on Cyber Essentials

Speaking last week at the Institute of Directors; Minister for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, announced a new push on the Cyber Essentials programme to encourage all UK businesses to adopt the scheme.  Measure announced include:

  • Updating the Cyber Essentials requirements, to make the scheme easier to use;
  • A marketing campaign to raise awareness and drive adoption of the scheme.
  • Strengthening the requirement for Government contractors to take up the scheme; and
  • Firms including Barclays, BT, Vodafone, Astra Zeneca and Airbus have agreed to encourage adoption amongst their suppliers.

The Minister also announced that the number of Cyber Essentials certificates awarded had more than tripled in the past year, with the total now exceeding 6000; and that the Government will be publishing the figures on take-up each month from now on.

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