We believe the most compelling reason why you should have a Cyber Essentials (CE) certification is to demonstrate your acknowledgement of, and adherence to, good cyber security best practice.
However, there are other business reasons to be CE-certified. Many insurers have begun to make certification a requirement, so it will also potentially reduce your insurance premiums.
CE is gaining a lot of traction in the business community. Indeed, it is now mandatory for any suppliers bidding for government contracts to have certification.
Cyber Essentials levels
There are two levels of Cyber Essentials: the standard Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.
With standard CE, you are required to fill out a self-assessment questionnaire and submit it to the certifying body for verification. They will perform a basic external vulnerability test, after which a certificate is issued. Prices for this level start from £300.
With CE Plus, there is an additional internal vulnerability scan, as well as an onsite assessment designed to audit the infrastructure. CE Plus prices start from £1,250.
We are proud to say that all our clients meet the CE requirements and we are active promoters of the scheme, encouraging all businesses to undertake the assessment.