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Cyber Essentials - Do It Yourself

Cyber Essentials - Do It Yourself

SKU: 4497
Format: Certification (Online purchases only)
Availability: Always Available

Achieve CREST-accredited Cyber Essentials certification quickly, cost-effectively and conveniently with our purpose-built automated platform. Simply submit your application and receive your certificate all in one place. 

As a bonus, you get an additional level of security assurance with an external scan that identifies vulnerabilities in your applications and networks. 

How is this Cyber Essentials certification service different from others?

  • You get the assurance that your certification is conducted by a CREST-accredited certification body.
  • CREST certification includes an additional level of security testing through a vulnerability scan of your Internet-facing applications and networks.
  • A vulnerability scan helps validate your security status and provides further peace of mind that your security measures are effective.
  • Only CREST-accredited certification bodies can undertake vulnerability scans for Cyber Essentials certification.
  • This type of certification provides a heightened level of assurance than self-assessment alone.  
Price: £300.00
ex vat


This Do It Yourself certification package is ideal for organisations that have knowledge of the five security controls required for Cyber Essentials certification: secure configuration, boundary firewalls, access controls, patch management and malware protection. This knowledge is necessary to complete the SAQ (self-assessment questionnaire).

Why buy this package?

  • Get certified and prevent around 80% of cyber attacks.
  • Complete your application quickly and conveniently.
  • Maintain control over the application process.
  • Keep costs down with our affordable DIY route.
  • Receive an added level of assurance with an external vulnerability scan.

"I am writing to thank all involved for processing my application so quickly. I will have no hesitation in recommending IT Governance to friends and colleagues for such excellent service.”

- Martin Tillian, Sula Innovation Ltd

Benefits of Cyber Essentials certification

Protect your organisation from approximately 80% of cyber attacks

Implementing the five controls correctly will help protect your organisation.

Drive business efficiency

Focus on your core business objectives knowing that you are protected from the majority of cyber attacks.

Demonstrate security and help secure the supply chain

Demonstrate your commitment to protecting your own data and that of your customers and suppliers.

Work with the UK government and the MoD

Cyber Essentials will permit you to work with the UK government and Cyber Essentials Plus will give you the opportunity to work with the MoD.

Increase your chances of securing business

Boost your reputation and have a greater chance of winning contracts.

Reduce cyber insurance premiums

Cyber insurance agencies often look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification.

Ready to get started? Go!

  1. Log on to the Cyber Essentials online portal.
  2. Define your scope for the assessment using the guidance provided in the portal.
  3. Complete and submit your SAQ following the guidance provided in the portal.
  4. Your SAQ is reviewed by a technical advisor for completeness and eligibility.
  5. Schedule the vulnerability scan through the portal.
  6. Receive your Cyber Essentials certificate.*

*Subject to a positive outcome.

Need a little more help?

If you need some help with your application process, we recommend that you purchase one of 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.

Read our Cyber Essentials FAQ if you have questions  >>


  • The package includes a free vulnerability scan for up to 16 IP addresses. 
  • If you have more than 16 IP addresses, please purchase additional IP packages – available in packs of 16. 
  • If you fail your external scan, a vulnerability rescan will need to be purchased, plus any additional IP packages that you need.
  • For non-web purchases there is an additional £100 manual processing fee.

View all the repeat testing and assessment fees here >>

Customer Reviews

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# of Ratings: 11
1. on 13/09/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
Although we have ISO 27001 we have found that Cyber Essentials still adds value to our cyber security controls. This is our second year achieving Cyber Essentials certification and we have seen the growth of Cyber Essentials as a prerequisite for doing business with our customers. The Cyber Comply Portal from IT Governance makes the Cyber Essentials certification process straight forward and hassle free” Chris, Head of Screening and IT, Agenda Screening Services
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2. on 20/07/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
Achieving Cyber Essentials was seen as a way to demonstrate a level of assurance to our customers, by showing that security controls are in place to protect the business, its IT systems and information, and that these controls have been assessed against an independent, formal framework. The online portal provided an easy way to enter questionnaire responses, schedule the external checks and also request assistance along the way. Nikki Haynes, Operations Manager, SyntheSys Systems Engineers Ltd
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3. on 05/07/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
The Cyber Essentials certification was a very straight-forward and cost effective process that enabled us to demonstrate that we have covered all the basics in terms of IT Security. Rick Smith, IT Manager of Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust
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4. on 24/06/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
We are delighted to have achieved this certification in Information Security. As a business Status are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of data protection, and this accreditation clearly demonstrates that focus. Graeme Wilkinson, Technical Director, Status Marketing Ltd
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5. on 24/06/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
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. Chris Payne, Senior Technical Consultant – Infinigate UK
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6. on 24/06/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
Gaining the Cyber Essentials certification has been a positive experience for our company, increasing the scope of our marketing environment whilst providing an assurance to customers, both current and future, that we take cyber security seriously. Thanks go to our partners, the IT Governance team, who provided excellent specialist support and advice, making the process seamless, transparent, beneficial and ultimately successful. Rowan Irwin, Country Security Officer and Head of Security of T-Systems Limited
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7. on 24/06/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
After discovering the Cyber Essentials scheme it was clear that it would be an excellent target to aim for and would act as a significant milestone in our constant improvement strategy. Achieving the Cyber Essentials certification will allow us to display to all of our clients that we take IT security extremely seriously and have been measured against a national rigid standard. Kevin Field, IT Manager – Petrostrat
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8. on 24/06/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
CQR are delighted to have been awarded Cyber Essentials certification and are pleased to be helping build a trusted and resilient digital environment across the UK. Greg Inge, Managing Director – CQR Consulting
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9. on 21/01/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
Thank you for the swift processing of our application, it is very much appreciated.
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10. on 21/01/2016, said:
5 stars out of 5
Cyber Essentials compliance is essential for any British organisation that wants to improve its protection against cyber attacks while also gaining a competitive edge. 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.
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