Protect your organisation from common cyber security threats by achieving the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.

Prevent cyber incidents and achieve the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications with CYFOR Secure. As an accredited certification authority, we can offer a range of services to guide your business through the Government-backed schemes.

What is Cyber Essentials?

  • Cyber Essentials is a UK Government assurance scheme, based on its 10 Steps to Cyber Security and administered by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The Cyber Essentials scheme is designed to serve two primary functions. These are:
  • To set out the five basic cyber security controls that organisations should implement to protect themselves from “around 80% of common cyber-attacks”.
  • To provide a simple and cost-effective mechanism through the Assurance Framework’s two levels of independent certification, for organisations to demonstrate that they have implemented essential cyber security measures.
NCSC 10 Steps to Cyber Security

The UK Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022 found that 56% of businesses hold personal data electronically. Of these, 47% experienced breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.

Benefits of achieving certification

Implementing the Cyber Essentials controls is recognised by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) as one of many ways of demonstrating that organisations are taking action to mitigate the risks they face, especially if those risks are of a low level.

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  • Mitigate common and preventable cyber threats
  • Improve overall defences against advanced cyber-threats
  • Set your business apart from competitors
  • Lower your cyber insurance premiums
  • A Cyber Essentials badge helps win and maintain contracts
  • Protect your commercially sensitive data from cyber attacks
  • Demonstrate to stakeholders, regulators and suppliers that you take cyber security seriously
  • Expand business opportunities by tendering for contracts that require Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is an independently verified self-assessment. You complete an online assessment questionnaire which is then approved by a cyber security expert. Upon submission, CYFOR will independently review and verify your responses. If successful, we will award you with the relevant certificate and badge to display on your company website.

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Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is an independently verified self-assessment. You complete an online assessment questionnaire which is then approved by a cyber security expert. Upon submission, CYFOR Secure will independently review and verify your responses. If successful, we will award you with the relevant certificate and badge to display on your company website.

Cyber Essentials

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Cyber Essentials Plus

In addition, CYFOR Secure also offers the Cyber Essentials Plus certification. This certification stage offers a more thorough, in-person analysis and certification process, involving both independent internal and external scans of your network and computers to test your security. You must already have the basic certification before you can achieve Cyber Essential Plus. Successful accreditation provides a higher level of assurance that your organisation has a strong cyber security posture with correctly implemented controls to defend against cyber-attacks.

  • On-site assessment by a consultant (Plus only)
  • Vulnerability scan (Plus only)
  • Assessment questionnaire
  • Cyber Essentials Results report
  • Cyber Security Insurance
  • Certification logos for use on your website
  • 12-month certification
  • 1 free retest