Cyber Essentials certified organisations tell us about their certification journey

Following a recent announcement that more than 1,000 companies have now adopted the Cyber Essentials scheme, we take a look at what some of our clients are saying about their certification journeys.

IT Governance is a CREST-accredited certification body for the Cyber Essentials scheme, and has successfully certified more than 70 clients to date.

“Cyber Essentials will add great value”

Security is at the heart of everything we do, we take cyber security very seriously – the data centre is our business and security is part of that foundation. Achieving Cyber Essentials Plus will add great value: sharing the knowledge is one of our core values and our security accreditations allow us to live this value safely and effectively whilst enabling our customers to do the same.

This fits well with our other certificates like ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO/IEC 22301:2012. This gives our customers absolute piece of mind that their data is in the safest hands and ensures that our team are kept upskilled and informed.”

– brightsolid – A Rahim Khan, information security officer (CE Plus)

“It shows we take cyber security seriously” 

Agenda Resource Management are already certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013, the information security management standard, we felt that the Cyber Essentials certification was of real value and shows to our stakeholders that we take cyber security seriously.

Cyber Essentials is very prescriptive and tells you what controls you must have in place in order to meet the requirements of the scheme. This is also backed up by an independent vulnerability scan.

If all businesses implement Cyber Essentials as a minimum standard it would be a real game changer in terms of raising the minimum standard of cyber security for UK businesses.”

– Agenda Resource Management – Chris Withers, IT manager (CE)

“Accreditation need not be onerous if you have security in order”

Government and corporate clients rely on CAS to take seriously all data security.  We already maintain ISO27001 accreditation for Workpro case management software and for some clients, higher-still security is required.

If an organisation doesn’t measure up to these basics, perhaps it shouldn’t be trusted with sensitive information. Yes, Cyber Essentials is another standard in a list of demands on suppliers but we welcome “CE” and accreditation needn’t be onerous if you have security in order.”

– Computer Application Services – Ken Naismith, CEO (CE) 

“It demonstrates that we practise what we preach”

As an IT Security Value Added Distributor certifications such as Cyber Essentials are of huge importance to our strategy, not just for our operational security but also to demonstrate to our customers that we practise what we preach. We are extremely proud of this achievement as it represents the hard work we have put into improving and maintaining our security infrastructure over the last fifteen years. In the very near future we plan to continue our journey by attaining the Cyber Essentials Plus certification.”

– Infinigate UK – Chris Payne, UK senior technical consultant (CE)

“Robust practices and policies protect us from cyber-attacks”

This is separate from our ISO 27001:2013 accreditation. By achieving this Cyber Essential Plus certification we demonstrate to our customers that ELEXON has robust practices and policies which protect us from cyber-attacks.”

– ELEXON – Nigel Smith, CFO and director of professional services (CE)

“It shows our dedication and commitment to protecting data”

Sprout are proud to obtain our Cyber Essentials accreditation through IT Governance. With Cyber Essentials and our ISO 27001:2013 accreditation we have shown our dedication and commitment to protecting our own data as well as our clients.”

– SproutIT – Brendan Martindale, IT operations manager


The Cyber Essentials scheme is supported by the UK Government and has been designed to help even small companies get cyber secure, without the hassle and costs associated with more complex frameworks and standards. Despite its simplicity, it can help protect businesses against up to 80% of Internet-based attacks.

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