What?

The Cyber Essentials Scheme sets out an organisational cyber security standard that, if applied appropriately, will protect businesses from the vast majority of low level basic cyber threats. The scheme, which has two levels of certification, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus, is part of HM Government’s push to improve cyber security within the UK.

Cyber Essentials focuses on 5 key areas – firewalls, secure configuration, access controls, malware and patch management. It includes an Assurance Framework enabling businesses to obtain Cyber Essentials certification.

Why?

Cybercrime appears in the news on an almost daily basis – but it’s not just the large organisations that are at risk. If you are in business and online – you are a target.

That’s why you need Cyber Essentials. Obtaining Cyber Essentials will protect your business from cyber threats and you’ll also gain valuable certification.

What’s more, it could already be mandatory if you are a supplier to government and you hold or have access to government information. Since October 2014, with some exceptions, new contracts require your company to have Cyber Essentials certification. Non-compliance puts your business at a serious commercial disadvantage.

Suppliers to the MOD also need to obtain Cyber Essentials certification for MOD contracts – this became effective in January 2016. This applies where contracts involve the transfer of MOD identifiable information from customer to supplier, or the generation of information by a supplier specifically in support of the MOD contract.

The Cyber Essentials certificate must be in place by the contract start date at the latest, and will be reviewed annually. This requirement must be flowed down the supply chain.

How?

Please download our Guide to Cyber Essentials (link) for full details of each level.

In addition to the Cyber Essentials certification route, which focuses on the 5 key technical areas, companies can obtain certification to the IASME (Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises) standard, which includes aspects of basic information security governance.

The following table shows the routes to certification available through Ascentor, including the IASME standard.

OUR PACKAGES

£300

Cyber Essentials
  • Call us to get you set up with access to the online questionnaire
  • You make payment and receive login details
  • You complete the questionnaire at your convenience
  • We validate the answers and if successful, issue you with the requisite certificate(s)

£400

Cyber Essentials with IASME
  • Call us to get you set up with access to the online questionnaire
  • You make payment and receive login details
  • You complete the questionnaire at your convenience
  • We validate the answers and if successful, issue you with the requisite certificate(s)

£1200

Supported Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials with IASME
  • Call us to arrange a site visit and we will set you up with access to the online questionnaire
  • At the site visit we talk you through the questions and help you fill out the questionnaire
  • An Ascentor assessor will review the answers and award the requisite certificate(s)
  • We invoice you. Price includes £300 online questionnaire fee.

£1500

Cyber Essentials Plus
  • Call us to discuss your requirements, identify the scope of the assessment and arrange a site visit
  • We carry out the Cyber Essentials Plus assessment against the agreed scope
  • If successful, we award you a Cyber Essentials Plus certificate
  • We invoice you
Contact us

Your cyber security challenges and our pragmatic approach – we could be the perfect fit. Contact Dave James, MD at Ascentor for an informal chat.