Cyber Essentials Gap Analysis

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This analysis aims to identify areas where improvements are required to meet the Cyber Essentials Plus standards.

Cyber Essentials Gap Analysis
A gap analysis for Cyber Essentials Plus involves a detailed assessment of an organization’s adherence to the Cyber Essentials scheme, which is a UK government-backed, industry-supported standard to help organizations protect themselves against common online threats.
This analysis aims to identify areas where improvements are required to meet the Cyber Essentials Plus standards.

The key areas typically audited in this process include:

Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways:

  • Assessing the effectiveness of firewalls and gateways in protecting against unauthorized access.
  • Reviewing the management and configuration of these devices to ensure they are secure.

Secure Configuration:

  • Evaluating the security of system configurations to prevent exploitation.
  • Assessing the processes for removing unnecessary software and services to reduce vulnerabilities.
  • Ensure MFA is mandated on all systems that support it.

Access Control and Administrative Privilege Management:

  • Reviewing user account management to ensure least privilege access.
  • Assessing the control over administrative privileges and their use.

Malware Protection:

  • Evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of malware protection measures.
  • Assessing the processes for keeping malware protection up-to-date.

Patch Management:

  • Reviewing the procedures for regularly updating third-party software and systems.
  • Assessing the timeliness and effectiveness of applying security patches.

User Education and Awareness:

  • Assessing the training and awareness programs for users regarding cyber threats.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of these programs in fostering a secure culture.

Network Security:

  • Reviewing the security measures in place for both internal and external networks.
  • Assessing the controls to prevent unauthorized access and data leakage.

Secure Communications:

  • Evaluating the use of secure communication channels, especially for transmitting sensitive data.
  • Assessing encryption practices for data in transit.

Mobile and Remote Working Security:

  • Reviewing policies and controls for mobile and remote working.
  • Assessing the security measures for mobile devices and remote connections.

Data Backup:

  • Assessing the security and accessibility of backup data.

Cyber Essentials Gap Analysis

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