Cyber Essentials

Protect your business against cyber attacks with Cyber Essentials certification

Cyber Essentials Explained

There is more to cyber security than simply employing software and hardware to protect against attack. In fact, the majority of data breaches are the result of poor internal processes and can be corrected with a number of common-sense steps.

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Cyber Essentials certification

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed initiative that provides businesses across all sectors with a set of technical and practical measures. These checks are designed to ensure that companies are getting the basics right and preventing the simple causes of security breaches.

Cubit works with clients to put in place the necessary measures to achieve Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification. We often continue working with companies long after that certification has been achieved, to continue to support their security behind the scenes.

Cyber Essentials technical controls

As a first step on the road to Cyber Essentials certification, we can conduct a Cyber Essentials audit to see how your current business processes measure up against the following technical controls:

Use a firewall to secure your internet connection

Protecting your internet connection with a firewall provides you with a basic level of protection. This effectively creates a ‘buffer zone’ between your IT network and external networks.

Choose the most secure settings for your devices and software

When implementing infrastructure of software and devices, you need to ensure systems are configured and security measures are in place.

Control who has access to your data and services

Employees of an organisation are the biggest threat in regards to cyber security. To minimise the potential damage if an account is misused or stolen, ensure employees have access at the appropriate level.

Protect yourself from viruses and other malware

Malware (short for ‘malicious software’) and viruses, are designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorised access to a computer system.

Keep your devices and software up to date (patch management)

It’s important to keep all of the devices, operating systems, installed apps and software on your systems up to date. Manufacturers and developers release regular updates to fix any security vulnerabilities discovered.

Cyber Essentials Plus Checklist

To see how your business measures up, take a look at our Checklist to perform a Cyber Essentials audit.

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Cyber Essentials Certification

Once an organisation is fully compliant they receive a Cyber Essentials certificate to indicate to customers and stakeholders that they have safety measures in place. There are two levels of certification available:

Cyber Essentialsthis option gives you protection against a wide variety of cyber attacks that target enterprise-level and corporate IT systems. It involves a self-assessment questionnaire and an external vulnerability scan. It will show you how to address the basics and prevent the most common attacks.

From £500 approx (+VAT)

  • Reassure customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber attack
  • Attract new business with the promise that you have cyber security measures in place
  • Gain a clear picture of your organisation’s cyber security level
  • Some government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification

Cyber Essentials Plus

Recommended for businesses who wish to demonstrate a higher level of security assurance. This includes all of the Cyber Essentials assessments as well as an additional internal scan and on-site assessment.


Ready to get Cyber Essentials Certified?

No matter which option you choose, Cubit Technology can help guide you on how best to protect your business. We can help you identify vulnerabilities, by assessing how your business currently measures up against the five technical controls. We’ll also help you set up security measures in order for your business to comply with Cyber Essentials certification.

For more information on how Cubit can help your business with Cyber Security and Cyber Essentials certification, contact us on 020 3535 0680 or fill out the form below.

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