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The Cyber Essentials SAQ (Self-Assessment Questionnaire)

Completing the Cyber Essentials self-assessment questionnaire

Completing the Cyber Essentials SAQ (self-assessment questionnaire) is an important part of achieving either Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

The SAQ includes approximately 50 questions related to each of the 5 security controls required for Cyber Essentials certification: secure configuration, boundary firewalls, access controls, patch management and malware protection. 

A completed SAQ serves as a statement of compliance, signed off by a senior executive of your organisation, demonstrating that you have met the scheme’s requirements.

Free download: Cyber Essentials self-assessment questionnaire

Download a free copy of the Cyber Essentials questionnaire before applying for certification.

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Secure your organisation with Cyber Essentials

IT Governance is a CREST-accredited certification body for the Cyber Essentials scheme.

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.

With our Cyber Essentials online portal, achieving certification couldn’t be easier, and you can complete the entire certification process for as little as £300

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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 two hours of Live Online consultancy to help you through the application process
  • Cyber Essentials Live Online: online consultancy by the hour
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