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Cyber Essentials Certification

What is the Cyber Essentials scheme?

A primary objective of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy is to make the UK a safer place to do business. As part of this drive, Cyber Essentials has been introduced as a cyber security standard. It uses independent assessment to identify the IT security controls that an organisation needs to have in place to mitigate the risk from Internet-borne threats.

Who needs Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is relevant to all businesses but in particular to small and medium-sized companies that may not have the resources and in-house skills to address the increasing cyber threats.

Why Cyber Essentials?

  • It will help protect your organisation against common cyber threats
  • It demonstrates to your customers, investors and insurers that you have taken essential precautions against cyber security risks
  • Cyber Essentials certification is a pre-requisite if you wish to bid for Government contracts
  • There are many benefits in procuring services from a trusted, certified external company who employ professional, ethical and highly technically competent individuals. CREST member companies are certified penetration testing organisations who fully meet these requirements, having been awarded the gold standard in penetration testing, building trusted relationships with their clients. First Base is proud to be a CREST member company.

Find out more about CREST 

How do I become Cyber Essentials certified?

Cyber Essentials looks at common cyber attacks targeted at internet connected computers, such as desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones, along with Internet-connected servers such as email, web and application servers.

  • You will need to complete a self-assessment questionnaire which we will grade
  • We will run an external vulnerability scan, which you must pass. A vulnerability scan is required for Cyber Essentials under the CREST scheme
  • We believe that a vulnerability scan provides a greater level of security and confidence in your organisation and will increase the peace of mind for all stakeholders

What’s involved in Cyber Essentials PLUS?

Cyber Essentials PLUS includes a technical review of your IT systems from inside as well as outside the organisation. This additional phase of testing increases the validity of certification considerably.

  • We will visit your premises to independently assess whether your cyber security controls have been implemented correctly
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS can be combined with a quotation for Cyber Essentials. The fee will depend on the complexity and number of your software builds, and how many premises you have

Contact us for more information

Call us on +44 (0)1273 454525 or use our enquiry form