What is the Cyber Essentials scheme?

Cyber Essentials is a UK government scheme that sets out five basic yet effective security controls to protect organisations against around 80% of common Cyber Attacks.

The scheme’s certification process is designed to help organisations of any size demonstrate their commitment to cyber security – all while keeping the approach simple, and the costs low.

Why do I need Cyber Essentials?

Prevent around 80% of cyber attacks

Correctly implementing five basic security controls will protect your organisation against the most common cyber threats.

Demonstrate security and secure your supply chain

Achieving Cyber Essentials certification will help you demonstrate your commitment to data protection and cyber security.

Win new contracts, clients and customers

Cyber Essentials certification will help boost your reputation and give you a better chance of winning new business.

Drive business efficiency

You can focus on your core business objectives while knowing that you are protected from the most common cyber attacks.

Reduce cyber insurance premiums

Cyber insurance agencies look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification.

What does Cyber Essentials cover?



Firewalls need to be properly set up to prevent unauthorised access to your internal networks.

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Secure configuration

Computers and network devices should be configured to minimise vulnerabilities and provide only the services required.

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Access control

User accounts should be assigned only to authorised individuals, be managed effectively, and only provide the minimum level of access.

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Malware protection

Anti-malware software should be installed to protect your computers, important data and privacy.

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Patch management

Software and operating systems should be regularly updated to fix known vulnerabilities.


Cyber Essentials & Cyber Essentials Plus