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Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials & Cyber Essentials Plus

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Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme, designed to help organisations reduce the risk of cyber attacks.

To achieve the accreditation, your company needs to implement a number of preventative measures across your infrastructure. These measures not only protect your own company information but also your customer data. As well as providing peace of mind for your customers, Cyber Essentials is often a minimum requirement if you wish to bid for public sector projects.

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is designed for SMEs. The accreditation is done by self-assessment, answering a number of questions online around the set up of your IT systems and the controls you have in place. Those controls are broken down into five key areas:

  • Boundary firewalls and internet gateway
  • Secure configuration
  • Access control
  • Malware protection
  • Patch management

We are qualified to independently verify your assessment enabling you to achieve your accreditation.

The scheme is available at two levels:

Cyber Essentials

Self Certification

This is an independently verified self assessment. Organisations seeking certification are required to complete a set of on-line questions covering the scope, IT set up and controls in place. The responses are then reviewed by us and certification is granted based on the completeness and appropriateness of responses.

Achieving the certification
Scope can be the whole organisation, or a part of the organisation.
Complete an online questionnaire, on your own or with our assistance.
We review the responses against Cyber Essentials certification requirements.
You recieve the Cyber Essentials certification, Cyber liability Insurance and logos to use for your marketing

Any company can complete the self-certification process on its own and can achieve Cyber Essentials certification. If your company already complies with other standards like ISO 27001, this would be the easiest and most cost effective way to certify.

We offer access to an online portal which will help you complete the self assessment in a secure and simple manner. We are also at hand to provide any support and advice on completing the self-assessment

The cost of self certification is a fixed price of only £300 (+ VAT). On successful completion, you are entitled to complimentary cyber security insurance, as well as being able to display the Cyber Essentials badge on your website and other marketing materials.

To find out how you can also receive IASME standard self certification in the same cost, click here

Assisted self certification

This process can seem daunting for many organisations, so we also offer a consultancy and advice service, designed to support you in achieving your accreditation.

We will identify the key areas for you to address, so you qualify for Cyber Essentials.

If you need help designing the processes and controls, we can deliver that for you. And we will help you complete the self-assessment questionnaire to become certified.

The cost of assisted self certification through RightCue is a fixed price of only £600+ VAT
and you are entitled to all benefits of self certification.

Complimentary Cyber Liability Insurance of £25k for one year

  • Self certification to Cyber Essentials basic level
  • Whole organisation is covered in scope
  • Turnover is less than £20m
What is covered
  • Damages and defence costs following a breach of data
  • contamination of third party data, theft of data, fines and penalties and third party intellectual property
  • Costs of extortion, loss of profits, notifying customers and reputation management
Breach committed by
  • External Hackers
  • Employees
  • Ex-employees
  • Contractors

Cyber Essentials Plus

A step up from Cyber Essentials this provides a higher level of assurance and is for companies who have already successful achieved Cyber Essentials accreditation.

The assessment is against the same five controls and usually looks at the following:

  • Running vulnerability scans from inside and outside of the network
  • Verifying software versions and patches
  • Testing firewall security and malware
  • Desktop and server security

We will discuss our findings with you, and offer practical advice on how you can fix any issues. We can also provide technical support, for example with configuring your firewall.

Please contact us with a detailed scope of the project, so we can give you accurate pricing.

For Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, please contact us on +44 1256 406 601.

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Self Certification
£300 + VAT
Assisted Self-Certification
£600 + VAT
Cyber Essentials Plus From
£1200+ VAT
A Cyber Essentials certification is valid for one year.