Cyber Essentials is a government-backed cyber security certification scheme. When implemented correctly, it can prevent around 80% of cyber-attacks.
The scheme lays out a robust cyber security baseline suitable for all organisations of any size and in any sector. It addresses five key controls:
From 1 October 2014, the Government established a requirement that all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information must be certified against the scheme. If you are not currently certified, our experts can help.
It is mandatory for businesses seeking specific government contracts to deliver certain IT-related products and services. It is also mandatory for businesses dealing with personal information. Without it, you will be unable to bid for such contracts at all.
How do you gain CE certification?
You must complete an online questionnaire which is then certified by a GCHQ Assessor – such as CRIBB Cyber Security – on behalf of the IASME Consortium.
It is the highest level of certification offered under the CE scheme and can only be achieved once CE has been gained.
An on-site or remote technical assessment is required by any company trying to achieve this level of certification. The assessment sees the previous standard being verified to confirm it is being fully adhered to. Technical examinations are also then conducted on workstations, servers, IOT and any devices falling within your BYOD policy to ensure that all are assessed for vulnerabilities. Once completed, the certification badge is awarded, with 21 days allowed for the client to correct any failures.
What’s the difference between cyber essentials and cyber Essentials Plus?
CE is a self-assessment during which you must supply answers to questions along with evidence. Cyber Essentials Plus requires an external evaluation.
Any company with CE certification wishing to demonstrate a deeper commitment to cyber security.
How do you gain Cyber Essentials Plus certification?
You will need to contact an official auditor – such as CRIBB Cyber Security – who can take you through the required steps on behalf of the IASME Consortium.
CRIBB Cyber Security is part of theICEway ecosystem of companies, a group of specialist IT brands that combine to help clients in maritime and cruise, travel, and healthcare. Adopting a collaborative spirit and a security by design approach CRIBB is an official certification body backed by the UK government that provides end-to-end cyber resilience.
Our cyber security professionals have a wealth of experience and knowledge to work with you and take the strain away, joining together with your team to protect your data; ultimately, we will help you to: