CSA Cybersecurity Certification Cyber Essentials mark

Demonstrate your commitment to cybersecurity with implementation of cyber hygiene practices

Demonstrate your commitment to cybersecurity with implementation of cyber hygiene practices

Early Bird Incentive: Enjoy up to S$250 subsidy by CSA from now till 31st March 2023

Cyber-attacks continue to dominate headlines worldwide, exposing enterprises to significant risk and placing them under intense scrutiny with regulators, investors, and customers. Having systems and processes to secure your business is imperative to mitigate the risk of financial loss, loss of sensitive data, operational downtime and more.

WHAT IS CSA CYBER ESSENTIALS MARK?

The Cyber Essentials mark is a cybersecurity certification, developed by Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), for organisations that are embarking on their cybersecurity journey. It serves to recognise that the organisation has put in place good cyber hygiene practices to protect their operations and their customers against common cyber attacks.

The Cyber Essentials mark is targeted at organisations with limited IT and/or cybersecurity expertise and resources to dedicate towards protecting IT assets and personnel.

The Cyber Essentials mark is a self-declaration assessment with CSA guided foundational concepts of generally acceptable cybersecurity posture in Singapore. Enterprises can benefit from the framework by implementing the recommended cybersecurity practices in Assets, Secure/Protect, Update, Backup and Respond. 

WHY SHOULD AN ORGANISATION APPLY FOR CSA CYBER ESSENTIALS MARK CERTIFICATION?

While strengthening the cybersecurity of an organisation is necessary, these cyber security practices must be up to the mark. The CSA  cyber security essentials certification is a testament to your organisation’s commitment to secure IT operations. An organisation can gain the following benefits from achieving the certification:

Affords preparedness against common cyber threats
Ensure cybersecurity of the organisation is prioritized
Implement the primary measures for cyber security
Validation of your cybersecurity strategy

A versatile cyber security essentials certification partner like TÜV SÜD can help you delve into the specifics of a cyber security strategy.

TÜV SÜD IS YOUR TRUSTED PARTNER IN CSA CYBER ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATION

TÜV SÜD’s experienced auditors possess the accreditation and expertise to conduct Cyber Essentials mark, and Cyber Trust mark audits across industries and locations. Our status as an independent certification body ensures that the TÜV SÜD certification mark is accepted worldwide, making it a powerful tool for distinguishing your company in the market. By being certified by TÜV SÜD, you can demonstrate your accountability to protecting your organisation and your customer’s cyber safety at hand.

TÜV SÜD PSB provides a one-stop solution to support enterprises on a full suite of cybersecurity services such as:

  • Data Protection Trustmark
  • ISO 27001 Information Security Management
  • ISO 27701 Privacy Information Management
  • ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 Cloud Security
  • SS 584 Multi-Tier Cloud Services
  • Cyber Security Code of Practice (CCoP) compliance audit
  • Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) and Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) System Certification
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing
  • CSA Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS) Certification
  • CSA Cybersecurity Certification Cyber Trust mark

APPLICATION PROCESS

Here is application and certification process for enterprises interested in CSA Cyber Essentials mark:

CSA Cyber Essentials Mark Application Process

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What will be assessed for the CSA Cyber Essentials mark?

    CSA Cyber Essentials mark’s self-assessment consists of the following cybersecurity controls and measures:

    Category: Assets

    • People - Equip employees with know-how to be the first line of defence
    • Hardware and software - Know what hardware and software the organisation has, and protect them
    • Data - Know what data the organisation has, where they are, and secure the data

    CATEGORY: SECURE/PROTECT

    • Virus/Malware Protection - Protect from malicious software like viruses and malware
    • Access control - Control access to the organisation's data and services
    • Secure configuration - Use secure settings for the organisation's hardware and software

    Category: Update

    • Software updates - Update software on devices and systems

    Category: Back up

    • Back up essential data - Backup the organisation's essential data and store them offline

    Category: Respond

    • Incident response - Be ready to detect, respond to, and recover from cyber incidents
  • What is the validity of the CSA Cyber Essentials mark?

    The CSA Cyber Essentials mark is valid for two years upon successful completing the Cyber Essentials certification. 

     

  • Are supporting documents required for self-declared CSA Cyber Essentials mark?

    Enterprises interested in CSA Cyber Essentials mark are required to submit relevant documents to TÜV SÜD PSB for verification and recommendation, based on the Cyber essentials requirements.

     

  • What is the mode of audit for CSA Cyber Essentials mark?
    The CSA Cyber Essentials mark is a desktop review.
  • What should I prepare before applying for Cyber Essentials mark?

    Companies should be familiar with the cyber essentials security controls and measures aligned with the Cyber Essentials mark’s requirements as per Q1. They are required to have relevant and quality documents to be submitted for the Cyber Essentials self-assessment to be reviewed.

     

  • How long does it take to be certified for CSA Cyber Essentials mark?

    The overall estimated timeline based on best scenario* for CSA Cyber Essentials mark is one month from the date of notice to the certification award. 

    *Best scenario is when enterprises have proactively and timely submitted all the relevant documents from the 1st submission date without requiring additional time.

  • Are there any government grants available?

    Yes, an early bird incentive is available for companies and the subsidy amount is determined by the profile of the companies which is shown as follows:

    Profile of Enterprise Early Bird Incentive

    Small SME

    (<10 employees)

    S$100

    Medium SME

    (10-99 employees)

    S$200

    Larger SME

    (100-200 employees)

    S$250

  • Will I be penalised if I cannot complete the self-assessment or am unable to provide supporting documents?
    Companies will be given a maximum of 3 reminders with a reasonable timeline to provide relevant and quality documents before their application are rejected. Please note that only 1st eligible applications will be eligible for the early bird incentive.

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