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Cyber Essentials – CE/CE Plus

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed scheme, led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.


What Are The Cyber Essentials Schemes?

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. The scheme was developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and launched in 2014.

Cyber Essentials provides a clear set of controls to implement which will provide protection against 80% of the most common cyber breaches. Its objectives outline the basic security controls with organisations to mitigate common cyber security risks.

Cyber Essentials is suitable for all organisations, irrespective of size or market sector.

IAASME is the accreditation body for all Cyber Essentials certifications.

Our team at CyberWhite provide specialised packages, working directly with you to deliver detailed security guidance whilst preparing your workforce through education and awareness to meet the standard and the certification.

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The CyberWhite Approach: Assisted Cyber Essentials / Cyber Essentials+

The CyberWhite team work directly with you to achieve the Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification by providing tailored support and helpful guidance throughout the process.

As part of this service, you will receive:

Financial, reputational and regulatory risk of potential exposure to data loss
Comparative risk to peer organisations of similar operation and scale
Risk assessment and profile of key third parties
Alignment with best practices and protection against known threats
Protection against emerging threats such as social networks, crimeware and advanced persistent threats
Exposure to regulations such as the Data Protection Act, by taking a data-centric approach; analysing data flows, repositories, people, processes and third parties to ensure that your security programme has a solid grounding

Our approach ensures that you only need to go through the process once.

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Why Should I Become Cyber Essentials Certified?

Cyber Essentials Basic and Cyber Essentials Plus is mandatory for organisations looking for certain government contracts. Without the certification, you may not be able to bid for these contracts.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) requires all its suppliers to comply with the Cyber Essentials Basic and Plus schemes. This means that all organisations directly conducting business with the MOD, or organisations delivering to the MOD supply chain require Cyber Essentials.

Being certified to Cyber Essentials demonstrates to your employees, clients, suppliers, stakeholders and industry partners that your organisation holds itself to a high standard of cyber security, and that you maintain a strict stance on cyber security in accordance with the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme.

Once certified, your certification is valid for one year.

Upon becoming Cyber Essentials certified, organisations with a turnover of less than £20m automatically receive cyber insurance cover of £25,000.

Suffered A Security Breach?

Recent government figures suggest that up to 88% of UK organisations have suffered a security breach within the last 2 years with the average cost to a small company of £16,100. Larger organisations’ costs were significantly higher.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cyber Essentials is a foundation-level certification designed to provide a statement of the basic controls your organisation should have in place to mitigate the risk from common cyber threats.

Certification is achieved through a self-assessment questionnaire that is independently marked and your answers are compared with best practices.

Once you achieve Cyber Essentials, you have three months to apply for Cyber Essentials Plus. If you wish to apply for Cyber Essentials Plus after three months, then you must resubmit your Cyber Essentials application. 

Once you achieve certification, it remains valid for one year.

Cyber Essentials Plus is the highest level of certification offered under the Cyber Essentials scheme and an expansion of the Cyber Essentials basic certification.

This is a more rigorous test of your organisation’s cyber security systems.

Our cyber security experts carry out a vulnerability scan against your internal networks (within the scope of your application) to make sure that your organisation is protected against basic hacking and phishing attacks and that the statements made in your Cyber Essentials basic questionnaire are correct.

Our assessor will select a random sample of devices to ensure that they are configured according to the scheme.

The selected devices will be subject to a vulnerability scan to assess patch levels and configurations.

The assessment will also include a scan of your internet facing IP addresses external ports and your email and internet browser settings will also be reviewed.

Once you achieve Cyber Essentials Plus certification, it remains valid for one year.

The team at CyberWhite will be in contact 2 months before your re-certification is due.

This means that you don’t have to worry about your certification lapsing and we will have plenty of time to prepare you for a successful re-certification.

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