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What is Cyber Essentials?

About Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a simple and effective Government backed scheme, supported by industry experts and the Cyber Resilience Centre. 

 

The scheme helps you put measures in place to protect your organisation, regardless of size or sector, against a range of the most common cyber-attacks.

 

This includes protecting against threats such as malware, ransomware and phishing.

 

 Cyber Essentials can be achieved through two levels of certification:

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Cyber Essentials

The first tier is a self-assessment option against five basic security controls, which is then verified by a qualified assessor. 

 

This includes whether you are using firewalls, have a secure network, apply regular software updates and have secure user and administration accounts.

 

Achieving Cyber Essentials allows you to:

Demonstrate a commitment to cyber security to your customers and clients with a certificate and badge to display in your premises and website.

Make your organisation more resilient against the most common forms of cyber-attacks.

Peace of mind knowing that your data is protected and your security systems are robust, should a cyber-attack occur.

Further business opportunities, Cyber Essentials will enable you to tender for specific contracts.

Eligible for free cyber insurance cover which could save you up to £25,000.

Cyber Essentials certificates issued in the previous 12 months will be displayed on the NCSC website

Achieve more business with the assurance that you take cyber-security seriously.

You can achieve Cyber Essentials with the help of our Trusted Partners group. 

Our Trusted Partners are official providers of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certification

Cyber Essentials Plus

The second tier is Cyber Essentials Plus. This involves physical tests of your network and computers by independent professionals.

 

Successful accreditation of Cyber Essentials Plus provides a higher level of assurance that your organisation has a strong cyber resilience regime with correctly implemented controls in place to maintain a robust defence against cyber-attacks.

 

With Cyber Essentials Plus, you can:

Demonstrate a commitment to cyber security to your customers and clients with an enhanced certificate and badge to display in your premises and website.

Attract new business with the assurance you have cyber security measures in place.

Attract new government contracts that require Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

You can achieve Cyber Essentials Plus with the help of our Trusted Partners group. 

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