Cyber Essentials certifications
A simple approach to protecting your business
against the most common cyber-attacks
Protect data. Win tenders. Gain confidence.
Cyber Essentials is easy to implement and can help to prevent
over 80% of all cyber-attacks.
What are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?
The Cyber Essentials certifications aim to ensure businesses of all types and sizes understand, and can implement, the most fundamental IT security measures.
Implementing these measures will help to mitigate risk and keep infrastructure and data secure. The Cyber Essentials (CE) and Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) badges demonstrate that your business has implemented necessary security measures and taken appropriate steps towards minimising risk.
Launched in 2014 by the government’s National Cyber Security Centre, the Cyber Essentials scheme highlights the five basic cyber security controls that all businesses should be implementing:
Secure connections to
Secure devices and
Controlled access to devices
Protection from viruses and other malware
Management of software patches and updates
What is the difference between Cyber Essentials
and Cyber Essentials Plus?
Cyber Essentials benefits
Around only half of UK businesses have implemented the five basic cyber security controls. Change that statistic by choosing to implement Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus in your business.
Basic Cyber Essentials, plus:
|Why would I need Cyber Essentials?
||Why would I need Cyber Essentials Plus?
Cyber Essentials is required as a minimum standard for UK government suppliers—or those bidding for government contracts—who handle any sensitive and personal information.
As a starting point, it is one of the most simple, straightforward, and cost-effective frameworks for improving security, keeping your valuable data safe and secure, and showing that you are dedicated to protecting the privacy of your clients, your employees, and your shareholders.
It also helps you to meet the security requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Cyber Essentials Plus is a highly regarded certification, suitable for small and large businesses that are looking for a real improvement in their existing cybersecurity controls. It provides the same benefits of the basic Cyber Essentials, with two important additional benefits:
Why choose PGI?
PGI is a leading provider of the government-backed Cyber Essentials certification scheme, helping hundreds of businesses across the UK to improve their processes and demonstrate a commitment to cybersecurity.
Our multi-disciplined team understand how information security and cybersecurity intersect, ensuring an in-depth understanding of what your business needs.
Cyber Essentials knowledge hub
Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are the most basic form of security any business can obtain in order to help guard you against frequent cyber threats. The resources below will assist in keeping your organisation safe and compliant.
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Cyber Essentials Brochure
Take a look at our Cyber Essentials brochure and save for offline usage.
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Cyber Essentials NSCS advice
The top five technical tips to keep secure by the National Cyber Security Centre
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