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Bidding On Government Contracts? Why Cyber Essentials Is a Requirement

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Cyber essentials are well known as the first basic step that businesses take to improve their protective measures in the cyber security sector. There are several reasons why business leaders need to invest in cyber essentials for the benefit of their organisation; however, for some industries investing in cyber essentials isn’t just optional; it’s mandatory.


As well as providing security benefits for your business and protecting the organisation against common cyber threats, cyber essentials also offer other attractive benefits from reassuring your customers that your approach towards cybercrime is proactive to bidding on government contracts and many more. Some businesses must gain a cyber essentials certificate before bidding on specific contracts in the latter’s case. This article will outline why this certification is a requirement and how doing so can help enterprises intending to bid stand out from the crowd.


Cyber Essentials Will Help Your Business Stand Out From The Rest


Much like the job application process, the applicants with the strongest resumes and any relevant or other qualifications/certifications will be more likely to be accepted than those with none. This process is the same if your business intends to bid on government contracts, as you will have to compete against other companies vying for the same position. Therefore, by obtaining a cyber essentials certification, you are effectively giving your business the best chance possible of getting accepted. It will make you stand out from those who don’t have the certification.


Certification Is Needed For Certain Contracts


Even if you’re not intending to implement your business in bidding on government contracts, you’ll still find that cyber essentials are needed for specific services and IT products, which is similarly the case when it comes to government contracts. You’ll find that a cyber essentials certificate is mandatory when a listed contract involves the following;


  • When you will have to deal with a client’s personal information, such as their bank account details or their home address.
  • When you’ll be expected to perform to an exceptionally high standard. Such as providing IT products or services that handle, store or transfer data at an official standard.
  • When you will have to handle delicate information about government employees, such as payroll or expenses.


Companies applying for contracts involving the information listed above will be expected to have achieved a cyber essentials certification. Failure to do so will result in an automatic loss, and your business will be disregarded. This process ensures that your company has met the technical requirements for the contract and can perform to the necessary standards.


Reduces The Risk For The Public Sector


Another reason that cyber essentials are a requirement for businesses looking to bid on government contracts is that cyber essentials reduce any potential risks for the public sector. Companies that have not already gone through the cyber essentials process pose risks for the public sector. The scope for mistakes is more significant, so businesses generally opt for the certification than not. This is unsurprising since the scheme is government-backed and the many supply chains within the public sector. Ensure that your business meets these requirements by enlisting the services of Texaport, who will be able to educate you throughout the process and ensure that your business meets the desired criteria.


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