Ireland’s First Cyber Security Register launched in Ireland
Date: October 24th
Author: Michael Brophy, CEO Certification Europe
On October 24th 2019, the National Cyber Essentials Register, which is the first and only cyber security register in Ireland will be launched. The purpose of this register is to highlight what SMEs in Ireland are doing to protect not only their own data but the data of their clients and stakeholders in a post GDPR world. To be part of the register an organisation must become certified to the internationally recognised Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme.
What is the Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme?
Cyber Essentials (CE) is a cyber security certification scheme that covers the basic IT security controls that all types of organisations can implement and potentially build upon. Implementing these controls can significantly reduce an organisations vulnerability to cyber-attacks.
The scheme requires the implementation of effective controls across five areas of standard organisational IT configurations (listed below) which can help to reduce the vulnerability to cyber-attacks and prevent around 80% of known cyber-attacks.
- Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
- Secure Configuration
- User Access Control
- Malware Protection
- Patch Management
Why was the National Cyber Essentials Register set up?
There is a clear need, particularly among Irish SMEs, for a simple, straightforward and succinct standard like Cyber Essentials. The register has been launched to promote what Irish SME’s are doing to protect clients data from the growing number of cyber threats. 61% of Irish businesses reported suffering cybercrime over the last two years. To date, over 50 Irish businesses have freely invested their time and resources in achieving the certification is testimony to the latent demand and need for a straightforward and simple cyber certification scheme in Ireland. This is a significant statement given that there is no legislation, regulation or any legal requirement in Ireland. It also explains the rational for the launch of the National Cyber Essentials’ Register
- Irish organisations had no means of promoting the fact that they had successfully achieved certification nor get recognition for their achievement,
- There has been no entity or body compiling information nationally on cyber certifications in Ireland and as a result no informed data, trend analysis or insight into how organisations, and SMEs in particular, were tackling cyber security.
The National Cyber Essentials Register sets out to tackle these deficiencies.
How to join the Register?
To become a part of the NCER your organisation must become certified to Cyber Essentials Scheme. Once certified, simply fill out the registration form including your certification number and you will be added to the register.
As a result of this initiative, organisations now have a platform to recognise their achievements, businesses have a creditable source to verify cyber certification claims, and for the first time in Ireland there is now a definitive listing and the start of a national data set which over time will be able to give an insight on how organisations are adopting a certification scheme to tackle the challenges of cyber security.
The national register is comprised of from theatres, golf clubs and childcare facilities, to solicitors, medical centres and credit unions, all bound by their common desire to protect the personal data of their members, customers and clients across Ireland.
National Cyber Essentials Register