What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported initiative to provide businesses with a way of demonstrating that they have a basic level of cyber security in place.

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Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials certification shows that companies:

  • Take care of customers’ data
  • Comply fully with GDPR
  • Understand the basic principles of cyber security
  • Have taken basic precautions against cyber attacks

MOD suppliers require Cyber Essentials certification

Since January 2016, Cyber Essentials certification has been mandatory for suppliers looking to do business with the UK Ministry of Defence and the Home Office.

The MOD assesses each procurement and assigns it a cyber security risk level. As the risk level goes up, some additional controls are required that can be evaluated through Cyber Essentials Plus vulnerability tests.

All organisations seeking to work with the MOD or the Home Office must obtain Cyber Essentials certification. You won’t be considered without it, so improve your chances by certifying now.

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Why become Cyber Essentials certified?

Protect – The controls that need to be in place to achieve Cyber Essentials certification protect a business from around 80% of common cyber attacks.

Promote – Certification allows your business/organisation to promote itself as cyber secure up to the Cyber Essentials base level, which can make a real difference when bidding for contracts.

Comply – Cyber Essentials is the minimum certification an organisation needs to implement to bid for new MOD defence contracts which include the transfer of ‘MOD identifiable information’.

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How Do I Certify?

Step 1: Purchase your chosen level of certification – Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus.

Step 2: Complete your Cyber Essentials self-assessment questionnaire in full and upload for review.

Step 3: Once your self-certified questionnaire submission is approved, the awarding body, QG Business Solutions Ltd, will post out your certificate.

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Cyber Essentials

£300 + VAT
  • Access to the online self-assessment questionnaire
  • Includes certificate and Cyber Essentials branding for your business
  • Provides 12 months’ certification upon successful application
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Cyber Essentials Plus

£2500 + VAT
  • Dedicated helpdesk support
  • No resubmission fees
  • On-site assessment and vulnerability tests
  • Price includes all travel and expenses within the UK
  • Includes Cyber Essentials branding 12 months' certification
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