Cyber Essentials Certification

Help prevent external cyber threats

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government standard for technical controls to help organisations improve the level of IT infrastructure security

This scheme is designed to prevent highly common internet-based attacks which allows organisations to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of stored data on devices on all internet-facing devices.

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Cyber Essentials
What is Cyber Essentials?
Accreditation is recommended for any company that stores both company and client data, is governed by GDPR requirements, or simply has a desire to improve their IT infrastructure security.

As it is a Government-mandated scheme, any organisation looking to tender for work with a public-sector body will be required to have met the Cyber Essentials standard and is an increasingly more common requirement for tender applications in the private sector.

In addition to this, heavily regulated industries like Medical, Legal and Financial, where more sensitive client data is stored, may wish to use the Cyber Essentials framework to help with compliance.

In the legal sector, The Law Society references Cyber Essentials as a “should have” in both their Lexcel and CQS Management Frameworks.

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How can Cyber Essentials take you nearer to meeting GDPR?
The Cyber Essentials Controls

Cyber Essentials requires only basic information security hygiene measures to be in place, which when implemented correctly, will significantly reduce the level of vulnerability to external cyber-attacks.
Applicable to organisations of any shape and size; the scheme has 5 critical controls

  • Secure information
  • Firewalls
  • Access control
  • Malware protection
  • Patch management
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Cyber Essentials FAQs
  • What is Cyber Essentials accreditation?

    Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation against a whole range of the most common cyber-attacks.  These include things like Phishing attacks, Malware, Ransomware, Password guessing and Network attacks

    Cyber-attacks can affect all businesses in a variety of different ways with varying impacts whatever the size of the business some being catastrophic and costly eventually leading to the closure of businesses. Attacks can be small or large, but the vast majority are very basic and carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They are the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it is unlocked. Cyber Essentials is designed to help you prevent these attacks.

    With over 80% of UK businesses vulnerable to avoidable security threats, the Cyber Essentials framework has been designed as a strong security baseline for every business in

    There are two levels of certification, Cyber Essentials & Cyber Essentials Plus dependent on your organisation’s needs.

  • What are the benefits?

    Certification will reassure current and potential customers that you take cyber security seriously.

    Certification gives you peace of mind that your defenses will protect against the vast majority of common cyber-attacks simply because these attacks are looking for targets which do not have the Cyber Essentials technical controls in place. This gives the added assurance to your customers that:

    ·         You have demonstrated that you have undertaken essential precautions in minimising cyber risk

    ·         Attract new business as you can demonstrate you take cyber security seriously and have measures in place

    ·         Satisfy customers, suppliers, insurers and industry regulators requirements

    ·         Give assurance that the security of your IT systems and networks can protect their data that you hold about them

    ·         Show that you have a clear focus of your organisation’s cyber security level

    ·         Satisfy tender requirements that require Cyber Essentials such as government contracts.

    ·         Listed on the NCSC directory of Cyber Essentials holders, click to view   

    ·         Includes £25K free Cyber security insurance (terms apply)

    ·         Cyber Essentials Plus – gives you assurances that what you are doing is working.

  • What's involved in Cyber Essentials certification

    Cyber Essentials looks at five simple technical controls which means it is easy to achieve Cyber Essentials certification. Organisations assess themselves against these controls and a qualified assessor verified the information provided: These controls include:

    • Access control
    • Firewalls and routers
    • Malware protection
    • Secure configuration
    • Software updates

    You can download a copy of the self-assessment here. Please note you cannot submit this application form for verification, you will need to complete the online form.

Four Options
Centre for Assessment offers four levels of assessment and certification for the Cyber Essentials scheme. Each assessment type offers different benefits and is applicable to a wide range of companies and industries.
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Cyber Essentials Accreditation
Cyber Essentials is a self-assessment driven scheme, whereby applicants review their IT infrastructure via an application document. Once completed, this is then returned to Centre for Assessment for review. This scheme is recommended for smaller businesses looking for entry-level cyber protection compliance.

Cost: £300+VAT

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Supported Cyber Essentials Accreditation
If you need assistance with completing your Cyber Essentials self-assessment, we can help. Maybe you are not an IT specialist, or you do not have one in your business. You might be unsure about some of your answers and need reassurance that your submission will be successful.

Fill in the questionnaire and then our technical expert will call you to review your answers and to advise you about any gaps. After the call, you will feel much more confident in your self-assessment and can submit it using our online portal. Our expert will then formally validate your answers and, if successful, you will get your certificate.

This collaborative approach will help you get the most out of Cyber Essentials accreditation.

The cost of this service includes £300 for Cyber Essentials accreditation and £300 for the technical support.

Cost: £600+VAT

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Cyber Essentials Plus
Cyber Essentials Plus offers a much more comprehensive assessment, whereby applicants complete and return a more in-depth application document, which assesses IT infrastructure in greater detail.

This assessment type also involves penetration testing, mobile device testing and on-site assessment by an ACE registered assessor, who will access the required network and test for any weaknesses or vulnerabilities that may not have been previously found. A full, comprehensive report is then given to the client to highlight findings during the assessment, and any improvements that need to be made to ensure quality Cyber Security. This is then reviewed by the assessor and certification can then be awarded pending results.

Cost: From £1,675+VAT

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Cyber Essentials Plus EXTRA
The new EXTRA scheme covers all the important details of both the Basic and Plus levels of assessment, however, this also includes a full pre-assessment evaluation of client systems, which is then fully reported on.

We then work with clients to help improve and manage systems from the findings of the pre-assessment and help to ensure that any issues are rectified. Once satisfied, you would then be assessed under the scheme rules, following the same process as Cyber Essentials PLUS. If for any reason the standard is not met, this level of assessment will also cover a FREE re-assessment to ensure that clients are given ampler opportunities to ensure that their systems meet the scheme rules. This is recommended for companies that are looking to ensure that they meet the standard with as much support and information as available.

Cost: POA

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Cyber Essentials Client Process
  • 1
    Select which scheme you would like to apply for
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    Complete the form with your company and contact details including your mobile number
  • 3
    Click on book now to pay or request an invoice
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    Once payment has been received in full, we will set up your account for you on the Cyber Essentials portal. If you have requested an invoice please email once you have sent payment.
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    You will then receive an email (please check this does not get blocked by your server) with your login details and username
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    To ensure the security of your information you will also receive an SMS to your mobile number with your password.
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    You will need to log in to the portal to begin your application.
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    Cyber Essentials plus – an auditor will also contact you to arrange with you to gather the information they need
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    Your application will be reviewed by an approved auditor and you will receive the results of your audit via email.
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    If you are successful you will then receive a certificate from IASME the awarding accreditation body.
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    We will send you a reminder annually to renew your certificate.
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    Please see our F & Qs for further information.
The Application Process
Applying for cyber essentials is very simple. All you need to do is complete the form below with your details (a mobile telephone number is a requirement). Once you have completed this stage you will need to click on the pay now which will take you to our secure payment portal. If you need to be invoiced, then there is an option to do this.

Once payment has been received, you will receive an email from IASME with your login and username. You will also receive an SMS to the mobile number you provided with your passcode.

Once you have logged in to the portal you can start your application. Your application will be verified by a Cyber Essentials auditor and you will be advised of your results.

If you have opted for Cyber Essentials plus an auditor will get in touch with you to arrange the testing of your application.

A certificate will be provided for a successful outcome of your application which will be valid for 1 year.

Please read our F & Q’s for more information.

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