Cyber Essentials

A key part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme, Cyber Essentials has been designed to meet two objectives:

  1. Provide a clear guide on the basic controls that should be implemented to mitigate risk
  2. Provide evidence for businesses to use to be able to demonstrate to clients, investors, insurers and others that the essential precautions have been taken.
Why choose Cyber Essentials?
  1. It covers the basics of cyber security and can be readily implemented across any sized business.
  2. The UK Government cites that around 80% of cyber attacks could be prevented if businesses put simple cyber security controls in place.
  3. It’s not just for one sector. It is relevant to the private sector, universities, charities and the public sector.
  4. It’s a great tool for businesses to gain clarity on their current security state and implement better controls.
  5. It is now mandatory for any business bidding for Government contracts, demonstrating that it’s not just a trend, its gaining momentum rapidly.
What does it assess?

This scheme is focused on Internet-originated attacks and is centered on the 5 most important technical controls – boundary firewalls & Internet gateways, secure configuration, access control, malware protection and patch management.

Certificate options

There are two levels of Cyber Essentials – Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Cyber Essentials is the entry-level certification and the organisation must complete the questionnaire (based on the 5 technical controls) and passed to an approved body for endorsement.

Cyber Essentials Plus requires the business to achieve everything in the entry-level certification and then carry out additional internal and external vulnerability testing.

The process


Cyber Essentials Process for AIT website

Useful links

Cyber Essentials Scheme: Summary

Cyber Essentials Scheme: Requirements for basic technical protection from cyber attacks

Cyber Essentials Scheme: Assurance Framework


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