Cyber Essentials Plus

Implement effective cyber security controls to drive business efficiency, save money and improve productivity.

Cyber Essentials Plus will help you to enhance your organisation’s reputation and win more business by demonstrating to customers and other interested parties that you take the security of their information seriously and have taken the necessary steps to reduce cyber threats.

Why should I get Cyber Essentials Plus?

Cyber Essentials is for all organisations, whatever sector you’re in. Implementing these controls will help your organisation defend against the most common forms of cyber-attack.

Additionally, If you intend to apply for government contracts, achieving a Cyber Essentials Certification is often a mandatory requirement.

The Scheme itself focuses on Internet-originated attacks against an organisation’s IT system, based on five key security controls.

  1. Boundary firewalls and internet gateways – these provide a basic level of protection where a user connects to the Internet. A firewall will help to keep attackers or external threats from getting access to your system.
  2. Secure configuration –systems need to be configured to ensure that the current design and build state of the system is known, good & trusted.
  3. Access control – it is important that only the appropriate personnel have access to systems and at the appropriate level.
  4. Malware protection – this doesn’t just protect you against viruses, worms and key loggers, but also nuisance programs. It is important that virus and malware protection is installed and is kept up to date.
  5. Patch management – managing upgrades for software applications and technologies. A patch management plan can help you handle changes efficiently, ensuring the latest supported version of applications is used and all the necessary patches supplied by the vendor been applied.

By choosing QMS to assist you with implementing the appropriate cyber security controls, you will benefit from support and advice throughout the process, an internal assessment of your cyber security processes and an onsite technical vulnerability scan of your devices.

Here are some benefits of using the Cyber Essentials Plus framework 

  1. Implement recognised, best-practice security controls to protect against cyber-attacks
  2. Reduce the cost of insurance premiums, through participating insurers
  3. Improve customers confidence by demonstrating that you are a responsible company with a commitment to security
  4. Protect your company’s reputation by reducing the likelihood of a cyber attack occurring
  5. Improve your organisation’s ability to win more contracts by meeting Government tender requirements

When implemented correctly, the Cyber Essential Plus scheme will help you to improve business efficiency, save money and increase productivity.


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How to get Cyber Essentials Plus

With QMS’ simple 3 step certification process you can achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus Certification in under 45 days.

Cyber Essentials Plus Assist: Pre-assessment consultancy

Upgrade to the Cyber Essentials Plus 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 onsite Assessment. During the consultancy they will carry out a gap-analysis and vulnerability assessment, while also offering advice and guidance on the requirements of the scheme – helping you to increase your chances of passing the onsite assessment first time.

Cyber Essentials Certification Process:  

Download these helpful documents:

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose QMS to assist your business with ISO certification

    Published 12/2018

    General downloads

    Scheme Overview: Cyber Essentials Plus

    Understanding the Basics of Cyber Essentials Plus

    Published 12/2018

    Cyber Essentials Plus downloads

    Guide to Information and Cyber Security

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

    Published 12/2018

    Information Security downloads

    Overview of the QMS Cyber Essentials Offering

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

    Published 02/2019

    Cyber Essentials Plus downloads

    What Information Security Products are Available?

    The QMS International suite of information security products

    Published 01/2019

    Information Security downloads

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about QMS, our achievements and some of our clients

    Published 02/2019

    General downloads

How much does it cost to get Cyber Essentials Plus?

QMS is committed to providing a cost-effective route to Cyber Essentials Plus Certification. We focus on making the process as simple and straightforward as possible, meaning that Certification is possible within 45 days.

Our fees typically depend on the number of sites and the number of devices (desktops, laptops, etc) that need to be checked as part of the physical vulnerability scan & audit.

To find out how affordable Cyber Essentials Certification can be for your organisations, just use our Fee Calculator below and we’ll email you a bespoke quote immediately.


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How long will it take to get Cyber Essentials Plus?

Cyber Essentials Plus Certification is usually possible within 45 days.

By choosing QMS to help you with your Cyber Essentials Plus Certification requirements, you can be confident that you are choosing a compliance process that delivers results with minimal fuss.

Latest Cyber Essentials Plus news

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

    Information Security – Compliance and Certification

    Tue, September 25 2018

    Information security isn’t a brand-new subject, but rapid advances in technology over recent years have made it much more challenging for organisations to protect personal data. Find out how you can protect your business.

    Personal Data leaks are going to cost businesses more

    Tue, November 28 2017

    Morrisons are the latest company to be sued with legal action being taken by their staff after their personal details were leaked by a rogue employee in 2014.

    For Information Security Cyber Essentials or ISO 27001?

    Thu, October 27 2016

    Cyber Essentials is great if you want to stop low level cyber-attacks from succeeding. But if you want a more robust system that can also help you protect from physical threats and recover when an attack happens, then this is where ISO 27001 can help.


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