Keep track of your IT assets using our easy to use, colour coded Excel based template, aligned to the Cyber Essentials Certification, aimed at SMBs. The certification has over 39 specific questions that need to be tracked, many with multiple options, together with additional useful information to help address general IT security management.
Individual sheets cover desktops and laptops, servers & NAS, IaaS & PaaS, mobiles & tablets, network devices, printers & IoT, as well as a software inventory to track what each computer has installed. For ease each spreadsheet is split into the following sections:
Business Info - information about the device specific to your organisation
System Info - information specific to your device when you acquired it that doesn't generally change
Cyber Essentials - information required to help pass Cyber Essentials accreditation- Secure Configuration
Accountability - information about who is filling out this document
The questions are tailored depending on the type of asset, with example answers for guidance. Even if there is no requirement to achieve Cyber Essentials certification, implementing the controls gives a good base level of security, and by filling in the asset template, a true picture of what there is to protect.
There are no fancy functions, just a few drop-downs to save typing, so it works in both Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Please note that filling out this template is not a guarantee that you will pass the Cyber Essentials certification, but it will go a long way to helping you pass.
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