Cyber Essentials

Confidently carry out business objectives, knowing that your business is protected against common cyber-attacks.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed cyber security certification scheme which provides organisations with the 5 key controls which will help to manage cyber threats and prevent cyber-attacks.

Why should I get Cyber Essentials?

As more media stories emerge of organisations exposing customers’ information to cyber threats, it is becoming increasingly important that you protect your organisation against cyber-attacks and demonstrate this to your customers.

Cyber Essentials is a government backed cyber security certification scheme which provides you with the 5 key controls needed to manage cyber threats and prevent around 80% of cyber-attacks from happening.


Here are some benefits of using the Cyber Essentials framework


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    Secure configuration – By configuring computer and network devices you can identify systems and databases that are no longer required, giving you the opportunity to reduce storage and bandwidth consumption, as well as related security vulnerabilities.

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    Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways –  by managing boundary firewalls you will have more control over  server traffic, helping you to better understand and manage your bandwidth requirements,  reducing the risk of attacks from external threats

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    Access control and administrative privilege management –  By improving the way you manage access controls and administrative privileges you will be able to reduce inside threats by reducing the number of opportunities where staff could install unwanted software on computers.

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    Patch management –  By keeping software and licences up to date you will help to keep your company more secure. Patches are issued to improve the performance of specific products, both for security reasons and performance, meaning that failing to install them could result in system crashes, threats and reduced performance.

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    Malware protection –  Malware protection provides security – protecting against viruses and other threats.  By installing Malware protection on your devices you can help to reduce downtime and risks by protecting devices throughout the company

With QMS, you can implement these controls to protect your organisation against the vast majority of cyber attacks. By choosing our Cyber Essentials Assist service, you can benefit from the experience of our consultants, who will support you along the way. They’ll provide advice and guidance to help you increase your chances of passing the Cyber Essentials Online Assessment first time.

How to get Cyber Essentials

With QMS’ simple 3 step certification process you can achieve certification in under 45 days.

Cyber Essentials Assist: Pre-assessment consultancy

Upgrade to the Cyber Essentials Assist service and we will include a pre-assessment consultancy with one our experienced Cyber Essential Consultants to support you as you prepare for the Assessment. During the consultancy they will offer advice and guidance on the requirements of the scheme – helping you to increase your chances of passing the online assessment first time.

Cyber Essentials Certification Process:

Online Assessment

To begin the process you will be provided with access to Pervade, the online Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme Portal. Here, you will be presented with a series of questions which you must answer. Once completed, an SBCS Consultant will issue a report, highlighting any areas that require improvement.

Compliance

Now it’s time to make sure any required process or procedural changes are made, as highlighted in the Report. Where changes are required, evidence of these can submitted to Pervade a second time, at no additional cost (further submissions are chargeable at the standard rate).

Certification

Finally, an SBCS Assessor will review your answers and evidence to check that the appropriate measures are in place. Once they are satisfied, you will be awarded the Cyber Essentials Certificate, along with a copy of the Report.

How much does it cost to get Cyber Essentials?

Our Cyber Essentials Certification fees will vary depending on the service you choose. With the basic Cyber Essentials Online Assessment you will be provided access to complete the online assessment and, providing you pass, achieve Certification. With Cyber Essentials Assist you will benefit from all of the same services, but with extra training and consultancy to help you understand the requirements of Cyber Essentials Scheme and increase your chances of passing the online assessment first time.

To find out how much Cyber Essentials Certification could cost your organisation, please contact our Information Security Advisors today or alternatively you can obtain an instant quote by completing the online fee calculator below.

How long will it take to get Cyber Essentials?

The Certification process can be completed in under 45 days.  Once certified, to maintain compliance and certification, you will need to complete the online assessment every 12 months. If you would like to achieve a high level of assurance we recommend you upgrade to the Cyber Essentials Plus Service which also includes an on-site assessment – providing verification of your cyber security processes.

Latest Cyber Essentials news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how Cyber Essentials works.