What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials Scheme

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed 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. Our advice is designed to prevent these attacks.

There are 2 levels of certification.

Download your copy of the Cyber Essentials Questionnaire here.


Cyber Essentials

Our self-assessment option gives you protection against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks. This is important because vulnerability to simple attacks can mark you out as target for more in-depth unwanted attention from cyber criminals and others.

Certification gives you peace of mind that your defences 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.

Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus still has the Cyber Essentials trademark simplicity of approach, and the protections you need to put in place are the same, but for Cyber Essentials Plus a hands-on technical verification is carried ouAlternatively you can familiarise yourself with cyber security terminology, gaining enough knowledge to begin securing your IT.

The 5 technical control themes of Cyber Essentials

  • Cyber Essentials Scheme Firewalls


    You should protect your Internet connection with a firewall. Many organisations will have a dedicated boundary firewall which protects their whole network.

  • Cyber Essentials Scheme User Access Control

    User Access Control

    Standard accounts should be used for general work. By ensuring that your staff don’t browse the web or check emails from an account with administrative privileges you cut down on the chance that an admin account will be compromised.

  • Cyber Essentials Scheme Malware protection

    Malware protection

    Malware is short for ‘malicious software’ also know as Anti-Virus must be installed on all endpoints that support this software

  • Cyber Essentials Scheme Secure Configuration

    Secure Configuration

    Your accounts should always be password-protected. For ‘important’ accounts, such as banking and IT administration, you should use two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA.

  • Cyber Essentials Scheme Patch management

    Patch management

    No matter which phones, tablets, laptops or computers your organisation is using, it’s important that the manufacturer still supports the device with regular security updates and that you install those updates as soon as they are released.

Cyber Essentials Scheme Why should you get Cyber Essentials?

Why should you get Cyber Essentials?

  • Protect against approximately 80% of cyber attacks
  • Reassure customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber attack
  • Demonstrates to your customers and supply chain that you have considered you security posture
  • You have a clear picture of your organisation's cyber security posture
  • Some Government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification

Which version is right for me?

What's includedCyber EssentialsCyber Essentials with a handCyber Essentials Plus
Cost of certificatesIncludedIncludedIncluded
Remote consultation including teams meetings and email supportNot IncludedIncludedIncluded
On-site & External AssessmentNot IncludedNot IncludedIncluded
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