As more businesses become completely reliant on technology, cyber attacks are on the rise and having robust cyber security measures in place to deal with potential threats is now more important than ever.
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that helps protects your business from the most common types of cyber attack including phishing attacks, malware and ransomware.
Being certified through Cyber Essentials offers your customers, staff, and stakeholders peace of mind that your business has essential cyber security protections in place.
How Do I Get Cyber Essentials Certified?
Dependent on the level that you want to attain, Cyber Essentials certification is achieved through a self-assessment questionnaire which is uploaded to a certification body for review or through a more hands-on technical verification in the case of the ‘Plus’ certification.
Absolutely PC can support your business with both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials plus certification, dealing with all the paperwork, assessment and processing your application through a certification body.
Benefits of Cyber Essentials Accreditation
Reassures existing customers that your business is working to secure your IT systems against cyber attacks, reducing the risk of their data being compromised.
Makes your business more attractive to potential new customers and commercial partners.
Gives your business and staff a clear picture of the cyber security measures you have in place and the different types of cyber attack.
Some government contracts now require Cyber Essentials certification as a prerequisite for consideration.
Having Cyber Essentials certification can qualify your business for discounted cyber insurance through some providers.
Cyber Essentials logo and certificate to use within your marketing.
Cyber Essentials Requirements
To achieve NCSC Cyber Essentials certification status, your business is assessed against 5 security controls which covers your entire IT network, these include:
- Secure configuration
- User access control
- Malware protection
- Patch management
These are assessed through self-assessment for the basic certifications or by a qualified assessor for the plus certification.
We can help with every stage of your certification and provide Cyber Essentials consultancy which includes putting the necessary cyber security measures in place and training your team to meet the requirements of the scheme and protect your business.
Cyber Essentials Basic vs. Cyber Essentials Plus
At Absolutely PC, we can offer both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certification to your business. As part of our service, we can undertake a complete Cyber Essentials audit and help put in place the measures needed to protect your business and acquire the certification. Find out more about both schemes below.
Cyber Essentials Plus
Cyber Essentials FAQs
How long is the Cyber Essentials certificate valid for?
Both the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials plus certificates are valid for 12 months from their date of issue.
Can you help with my self-assessment?
Yes. We know that the self-assessment can be challenging for those that do not have technical expertise or experience working with IT systems.
We can help with every aspect of your Cyber Essentials certification and offer a robust cyber security service to ensure your business meets the requirements of the scheme.
Do I need Cyber Essentials basic to get Cyber Essentials Plus?
Yes, in order to achieve the Cyber Essentials plus certification, you must first pass the basic Cyber Essentials certification. You will have 3 months from gaining the first certification to apply for the plus certification.
Do I need Cyber Essentials?
A question we are asked a lot by businesses is “do I really need Cyber Essentials?” Whilst there is no legal obligation to become Cyber Essentials certified, it provides customers, suppliers and stakeholders with confidence and peace of mind that your business is taking IT security seriously.
Furthermore, this certification can help protect your business from the threat of a cyber attack which could cost thousands and result in downtime.
Finally, many Government organisations now require Cyber Essentials as a prerequisite for applying for tenders – we expect that many larger businesses will soon start to follow suit.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a Government backed IT security scheme that helps you to protect your business against cyber attacks. The scheme was launched in June 2014.
Get Cyber Essentials Certified with Absolutely PC
Is your business ready to take the next step to protect against common cyber security threats and gain Cyber Essentials certification? Fill out the short form below or call us on 0117 975 9523 to get started.
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