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Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials is a government-led and industry supported scheme to help all organisations protect themselves against the common cyber threats. The scheme was initiated following government analysis that revealed the majority of online threats could be prevented if organisations put basic security measures in place.

Cyber Essentials sets out five key controls that organisations need to have in place to protect against common internet-based threats. Businesses that adopt these measures can become Cyber Essentials certified and thereby demonstrate to their customers they have good cyber security protections in place.

If you’ve got the basics right and taken the steps outlined in this website, you are well on your way to becoming Cyber Essentials certified. The Cyber Essentials guidance documents are free to download.

You can self-assess against the criteria, or seek independent verification and gain the Cyber Essentials badge. This enables your organisation to advertise the fact that it adheres to a Government endorsed standard.

There are two levels of Cyber Essentials certification:

  • Cyber Essentials – awarded on the basis of a verified self-assessment questionnaire, which is completed by an organisation and verified by an independent Certification Body.
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS – awarded following external testing of the organisation’s cyber security approach.