To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many SME businesses have taken up the Government's Cyber Essentials scheme.
14 September 2020
At the end of August 2020, 50,421 Cyber Essentials certificates had been awarded to organisations in the UK, including 38,168 to small and medium sized organisations. 11,506 certificates have been awarded so far this year, including 9,780 to SMEs. For a small number of older certificates (pre-2017) we do not have information available on the size of the organisation.
On 10 September 2020 the government announced a £500,000 fund to help SME businesses in the healthcare sector improve their digital resilience. The funding will enable SMEs to gain Cyber Essentials certification and take other steps to improve their cyber security, helping to ensure they can continue providing vital products and services to deal with the current pandemic.