WHAT IS CYBER ESSENTIALS?

Reassure customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber attacks.

“A Small business in the UK is successfully hacked every 19 seconds”

Statistic Source: Hiscox

Cyber criminals don’t just target large corporations – more often they target smaller businesses, exploiting any weaknesses in IT security, infrastructure and software.

Demonstrate your commitment to Cyber Security…

Through A Recognised & Government Backed Standard.

Cyber Essentials is a government scheme designed to protect your business, whatever its size, against a wide range of the most prevalent cyber-attacks. The Cyber Essentials certification process requires that you assess your business against five technical controls. 

You will be provided with an online questionnaire about your security controls and policies, which you will need to answer and submit.  We provide an assessment-only package, or a guided support package depending on your needs and requirements.

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Peace of mind that your defences will protect against most of the common cyber-attacks.

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Increased confidence with customers as it shows you take cybersecurity seriously.

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Bid for Government, Ministry of Defence and NHS contracts.

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Reduce your insurance premiums by reducing your exposure to Cyber Threats.

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Stand out from the competition, retain, and win more business.

Steps to certification with our

Cyber Essentials Supported Package

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1. Plan

We will send you a document to complete which will enable us to identify any gaps in the security controls required for the certification.

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2. Discuss

We will contact you to go through any areas that need to be addressed before the assessment.

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3. Assessment

Once the security controls are in place you will need to answer the self-assessment questions. We will then review and advise if any changes are required.

4. Certification

If your evaluation is successful, you will be notified and receive the Cyber Essentials certification.

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5. Renewal

The certification is valid for 12 months and will need to be renewed, we will contact you before this date to discuss.

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Cyber Security FAQ

Cyber criminals don’t just target large corporations – more often they target smaller businesses, exploiting any weaknesses in IT security, infrastructure and software.

Why Should we get Cyber Essentials Certified?

Becoming Cyber Essentials certified has several benefits. This also depends on the industry sectors you work within, for example some government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification as a minimum.

Being Cyber Essentials certified confirms to others you are addressing cybersecurity effectively and mitigating the risk from internet-based threats and have met the standards set by the Cyber Essentials scheme. Certification will give assurance to stakeholders that you demonstrate compliance to the FIVE key controls, protecting your organisation against cyber threats and this reassurance may help with winning new business, while also safeguarding your current business

Key Benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification?

Protects your Business against the majority of common cyberattacks and demonstrates to stakeholders your commitment to keeping their data secure and your business operational. This can increase business retention and attract new business.

Increases the level of security of your systems and data, and puts processes in place to ensure this level continues – if not improves year on year. This helps to drive business efficiencies which in turn improves productivity through streamlined processes, reducing operational costs.

Allows you to work on UK government contracts that involve the handling of personal and sensitive information.

Reduces your insurance premiums by being able to prove your Business has increased its resilience to cyber threats

Should I choose cyber essentials or cyber essentials plus?

This depends on the needs of your organisation, and also why you are putting it in place. For example if you are looking to work with the public sector on government contracts then they will ask for Cyber Essentials as a minimum. If you want to demonstrate that your organisation is compliant with cybersecurity and takes data protection seriously, then you may also want to achieve Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

How do I get cyber essentials certified?

Become Cyber Essentials certified through these simple steps:

  1. Order Cyber Essentials certification through our website
  2. One of our CE Auditors will contact you and talk you through the requirements and answer any questions for you
  3. Complete the online self-assessment
  4. Once submitted this will be reviewed by an assessor. If you are successful you will be issued with cyber essentials ceritification
Where can I get details on the full requirements of the cyber essentials scheme?

Further details on Cyber Essentials and the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme can be found at the  National Cyber Security Centre website.

Can I get the self-assessment questions before I pay for an assessment?

Yes, you can download a copy from the IASME website here, and further guidance is available from the National Cyber Security Centre here.

How is the Cyber Essentials assessment verified?

Once you’ve submitted and signed off your assesment a qualified assessor will then evaluate the responses against the criteria. If you meet the FIVE core requirements, you will pass and receive certification.

Who is IASME?

IASME is the chosen organisation by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to take over full responsibility for Cyber Essentials delivery and become the Cyber Essentials Partner with the NCSC.

IASME also deliver the IASME Governance standard which allows smaller companies in a supply chain to demonstrate their level of cybersecurity cost-effectively to show that they are taking the steps to properly protect their customers information. Solutions 4 IT are a Certification Body for IASME for Cyber Essentials, Cyber Essentials Plus and IASME Governance.

If we fail will we get feedback about why we failed?

Yes you’ll get feedback, we will supply a report with the answers you gave along with the assessor feedback. This will help you improve your security so you can achieve certification in the future.

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