What is the Cyber Essentials scheme?
Cyber Essentials is a UK government scheme that sets out 5 basic security controls to protect organisations against around 80% of common internet cyber attacks.
The scheme’s certification process is designed to help organisations of any size demonstrate their commitment to cyber security – all while keeping the approach simple, and the costs low.
The Cyber Essentials scheme is changing as of 1 April 2020. Find out what this means for new and existing customers
What do I need Cyber Essentials?
Prevent around 80% of cyber attacks
Correctly implementing the five basic security controls will protect your organisation against the most common cyber threats.
Demonstrate security and secure your supply chain
Achieving Cyber Essentials certification will help you demonstrate your commitment to data protection and cyber security.
Win new contracts, clients and customers
Cyber Essentials certification will help boost your reputation and give you a better chance of winning new business.
Drive business efficiency
You will be able to focus on your core business objectives while knowing that you are protected from the most common cyber attacks.
Reduce cyber insurance premiums
Cyber insurance agencies look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification.
Learn more about the benefits of Cyber Essentials certification
Get Cyber Essentials certified with IT Governance
Our simple 5-step methodology:
Define the scope
Certification can apply to an organisation’s full enterprise IT or just to a subset. Either way, the scope needs to be clearly defined before the certification process can get underway. Our Cyber Essentials online portal guides you through this process.
The next step to certification is to complete the required SAQ which you will do online via our portal.
Organisations seeking certification to Cyber Essentials Plus will be required to go through a series of internal vulnerability tests of the system(s) in scope, as well as the SAQ and external vulnerability scan.
As a CREST-accredited certification body, we will review your SAQ to ensure it meets the Scheme’s requirements and conduct an external vulnerability scan of your Internet-facing networks and applications. This scan is used to verify that there are no obvious vulnerabilities.
Once the SAQ and scans have been successfully completed and approved, you will be asked to confirm your details and sign off your application.
Why choose IT Governance as your Cyber Essentials partner?
Our unique Cyber Essentials portal allows you to complete the entire certification process online, without any expert knowledge.
We provide all tools and resources needed to achieve CREST-accredited certification at both levels of the Cyber Essentials scheme.
We deliver all the technical tests and assessments, conducted by our experienced, CREST-accredited testers. We do not outsource any of the services required to achieve certification.
We have six packaged solutions available to support organisations with varying levels of experience through the Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification process.
Having led ISO 27001 implementations since the inception of the Standard, we have the knowledge and insight to help you take the next steps beyond Cyber Essentials.
How certification schemes are changing in 2020
In 2020, the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) will implement some changes to the Cyber Essentials scheme to prepare it for the future. The current five Cyber Essentials accreditation bodies will be replaced by one. From 1 April 2020, The IASME Consortium will operate as the sole accreditation body for the scheme.
In support of this change, IT Governance will become an IASME-accredited certification body from April next year. We will continue providing the high level of cost-effective ongoing service our clients expect from us and will ensure the transition to the new arrangements is seamless. In the meantime, and in line with current arrangements supported by the NCSC, our clients will continue to be certified under CREST, and all existing and new certifications will continue to be valid and in line with current requirements.
Find out what this means for new and existing Cyber Essentials customers