What is a Cyber Essentials Certification?

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats and demonstrate their commitment to cyber security.

How can Cyber Essentials help you?

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber-attacks.

Cyber-attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. The Cyber Essential guidelines are designed to prevent these attacks.

Cyber Essentials Certification Explained

There are two levels of certification, these are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials is the DIY version. The organisation completes a self-assessment questionnaire, and the responses are independently reviewed by an external certifying body.

Cyber Essentials Plus Certification.

Cyber Essentials Plus has the same requirements as Cyber Essentials, except the system tests are carried out by an external certifying body, using tools and techniques which your company may not have access.

How do I become Cyber Essentials Certified?

Organisations who have the capacity within their own departments can conduct their own certifications. However, not every business has the time or resources required to become Cyber Essentials certified. And while there are different levels or certifications, even the more basic level of certification can at times be challenging for businesses to obtain. Many businesses who lack time and resources look to their IT support providers to help them become certified.

If you need help gaining Cyber Essentials certified or would like more information about the benefits this could bring to your business then please get in contact with a member of our team today.