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Getting Cyber Essentials Certified

Simple and proactive security wins

The cyber security starting point for all SMEs backed by industry, including the Federation of Small Businesses and the CBI, to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. It provides:

  • A good starting point for the security of the IT you rely on to store and process personal data;
  • An assurance framework to reassure your clients and help you win more contracts; and
  • The ability to advertise your cyber security credentials on the directory of organisations awarded Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials

A self-assessment option that demonstrates you have key controls in place to help protect against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks. It includes an SAQ (self-assessment questionnaire) and an external vulnerability scan. The certification process has been designed to be lightweight and easy to follow.

Cyber Essentials Plus

The protections you need to have in place are the same, but it includes an additional internal scan and an on-site assessment.


Three steps to Cyber Essentials certification

1. Complete your SAQ

Log in to our online portal, which provides a secure, user-friendly system to help define the scope of your assessment, to complete your SAQ. The portal will automatically mark your responses and provide you with an interim result.


2. Schedule your scans

Because we are a CREST-accredited certification body, you’ll get the added benefit of an external vulnerability scan to verify that your controls are operating effectively.

For Cyber Essentials Plus, you’ll need to arrange an additional internal scan and an on-site assessment.


3. Receive your certificate

IT Governance assessors will review your submission and compile a report, which is checked by our quality assessor.

If all activities result in a pass, we’ll issue a certificate for your organisation.


Not ready to be certified?

To find out more about the five essential controls below and the activities you should be undertaking routinely to protect your organisation, look at our free resources.


Secure your organisation with Cyber Essentials

With IT Governance, you can complete the entire certification process quickly and easily using our online portal for as little as £300.

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Speak to an expert

Please contact our team for advice and guidance on our Cyber Essentials products and services.