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Getting Cyber Essentials Certified

Simple and proactive security wins

The UK government's Cyber Essentials scheme provides:

  • The five controls you should implement to achieve a baseline of cyber security;
  • 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.

IT Governance is a CREST-accredited certification body for the Cyber Essentials scheme. With our Cyber Essentials online portal, achieving certification couldn’t be easier. Here’s how it works.


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.

If you do not pass your initial assessment, you will have to be reassessed.

Find out more about repeat testing and assessment fees >>


Not ready to be certified?

To find out more about the five essential controls and the activities you should be routinely undertaking to protect your organisation, follow the links below.


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

If you have any questions, or need advice or guidance on our Cyber Essentials products and services, please contact us.