What is Cyber Essentials?
The Cyber Essentials scheme provides businesses small and large with clarity on good basic cyber security practice. By focusing on basic cyber hygiene, your company will be better protected from the most common cyber threats. Cyber Essentials certification is awarded on the basis of a verified self-assessment.
An organisation undertakes a review of their Cyber Security posture via an appropriate questionnaire, which is then approved by a company’s senior executive such as the CEO. This questionnaire is then verified by an independent Certification Body to assess whether a safe standard has been achieved, then certification can be awarded. This option offers a basic level of assurance and can be achieved at a very low cost.
Origin of Cyber Essentials
Cyber Essentials – Key Controls
How Do You Get Certified?
The first step to getting certified is completing the Cyber Essentials Questionnaire. The questions are designed to demonstrate that your organisation is complying with the Cyber Essentials guidelines. After the completed questionnaire is signed off by a senior executive from your company, then the questionnaire must be verified by an external assessor. If your application is successful, your organisation can be awarded the Cyber Essentials Badge.
A list of Certifying Bodies can be found here.
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This document has been prepared with the assistance of the IASME Consortium Ltd and CREST (GB) Ltd, and is derived from work carried out by those organisations under contract to HMG (BIS, CESG, Cabinet Office) during the development of the Cyber Essentials Scheme.