Cyber Essentials
Protect against cyber attacks

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.

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What is 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.

With Citation ISO Certification, 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.

Here are the top benefits of using the Cyber Essentials framework:

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

Frequently asked questions

What is Cyber Essentials?

What is the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?

How can we help your business?

We get your business set up for success:


Our team of consultants has provided GDPR assessments to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.


Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.


We make the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the training and advice that works for you.

How have businesses benefited from Cyber Essentials?

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    The support provided by the QMS Consultant was excellent and we are confident that we can incorporate all these changes efficiently as a result.
    Martin Humberstone, Health, Safety & Quality Officer, USystems Limited

    Excellent service, our Consultant is very thorough and helpful throughout the auditing process. An absolutely lovely woman who is a credit to the company, she loves a biscuit too.
    Andrew Haines, Health & Safety Manager, Beton Bauen Limited

3 Steps to Certification

With our help, the certification process can take as little as 45 days to complete

Getting to grips with the gaps

We’ll spend some time with you carrying out a gap analysis to see how your current processes and procedures match up to the requirements of the ISO Standard. And we’ll collect details of the areas that already do so we can create your bespoke management system for you in our smart online hub, Atlas.

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Getting up to Standard

Now it’s time to make any changes. With handy reminders to help you keep on track of tasks and editable templates at your fingertips, you can make sure all the records you need are in place to achieve certification.

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Getting ISO certification

An ISO auditor will check you’ve addressed any gaps correctly and that you’re following the documented processes. Once everything is in place, you’ll be recommended for certification. Your new certificate and certification marks will be ready to download from Atlas.

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Cyber Essentials resources

    Guide to Information and Cyber Security

    A visual guide to the areas covered by each of the information security products

    A visual guide to the areas covered by each of the information security product

    Overview of the our Cyber Essentials Offering

    Overview of the different options available for our customers looking to implement the Cyber Essentials Scheme

    Scheme Overview: Cyber Essentials

    Overview of the Cyber Essentials scheme

    Understanding the Basics of Cyber Essentials

    What Information Security Products are available?

    Our suite of information security products

Latest Cyber Essentials news

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