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Cyber Essentials Certification | Overview & Process

Simple and proactive security wins

The UK government's Cyber Essentials scheme provides:

  • The five controls you should implement to achieve a baseline of cybersecurity
  • An assurance framework to reassure your clients and help you win more contracts
  • The ability to advertise your cybersecurity credentials on the directory of organizations awarded Cyber Essentials certification.

IT Governance is a CREST-accredited certification body for the Cyber Essentials scheme. With our Cyber Essentials online portal, achieving certification couldn’t be easier. Here’s how it works.

 

Cyber Essentials Portal

Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials

A self-assessment option that demonstrates you have essential controls in place to help protect against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks. The certification process has been designed to be lightweight and easy to follow. It includes an SAQ (self-assessment questionnaire) and an external vulnerability scan.

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Cyber Essentials Plus Certification

Cyber Essentials Plus

A self-assessment option that demonstrates you have essential controls in place to help protect against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks. It includes an SAQ (self-assessment questionnaire), an external vulnerability scan, an additional internal scan and an on-site assessment.

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Three steps to Cyber Essentials certification

1. Complete your SAQ

Log in to our online portal, which provides a secure, user-friendly system to help define the scope of your assessment to complete your SAQ.

The portal will automatically mark your responses and provide you with an interim result.

Cyber Essentials Certification Portal

2. Schedule your scans

Because we are a CREST-accredited certification body, you’ll get the added benefit of an external vulnerability scan to verify that your controls are operating effectively.

For Cyber Essentials Plus, you’ll need to arrange an additional internal scan and an on-site assessment.

Cyber Essentials Certification Portal

3. Receive your certificate

IT Governance assessors will review your submission and compile a report, which is checked by our quality assessor.

If all activities result in a pass, we'll issue a certificate for your organization.

If you do not pass your initial assessment, you will have to be reassessed.

Cyber Essentials Certification Certificate

Cyber Essentials certification cost

With IT Governance, you can complete the entire certification process quickly and easily using our online portal for as little as $390.

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Not ready to be certified?

Follow the links below to find out more about the five essential controls and the activities you should be routinely undertaking to protect your organization.

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