The Cyber Essentials SAQ (Self-Assessment Questionnaire)

What is the Cyber Essentials self-assessment questionnaire?

To achieve Cyber Essentials certification, you must complete a Cyber Essentials SAQ (self-assessment questionnaire).

The SAQ questions relate to each of the five Cyber Essentials security controls:

  • Secure configuration
  • Firewalls
  • User access controls
  • Security update management
  • Malware protection

From 24 January 2022, the SAQ has been expanded to include home working, the use of BYOD (bring your own device) and Cloud services.

Applicants must confirm they’ve read the updated Requirements for IT infrastructure document as part of their application.

Your completed Cyber Essentials questionnaire serves as a statement of your organisation’s compliance, demonstrating that you have met the scheme’s requirements. It must be signed off by a member of your organisation’s board or equivalent.

Free download: Cyber Essentials self-assessment questionnaire

Download copies of the Cyber Essentials SAQ and Cyber Essentials: Requirements for IT Infrastructure before applying for certification.

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Need some guidance? 

If you need help with your application process, we recommend the following products:

  • Cyber Essentials Get A Little Help: includes up to three hours of Remote Consultancy Support to help you through the application process.
  • Cyber Essentials Remote Consultancy Support: online consultancy by the hour.
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