How does Cyber Essentials work?

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Cyber Essentials is the UK Government’s answer to a safer internet space for organisations of all sizes, across all sectors. Developed and operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Cyber Essentials is considered the best first step to a more secure network, protecting you from 80% of the most basic cyber security breaches.

In this blog we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive about Cyber Essentials and the various packages we offer. If you have any questions not included below, you can also visit our FAQs page.

How long is Cyber Essentials valid for?

Cyber Essentials is valid for one year from the date of award, expiring on the date stated on your certification.

After this date you will need to renew your Cyber Essentials certification, following the same self-assessment questionnaire procedure. We will remind you four weeks before your re-certification is due so that you can review your questionnaire before resubmitting.

How long does Cyber Essentials certification take?

It really depends on how quickly you return your self-assessment questionnaire to us. If you need your certification urgently, we recommend you choose the Cyber Essentials Fast Track option, which guarantees your certification within 2 business days*.

*Please refer to the product page for specific timings. 

How much does Cyber Essentials cost?

We offer three Cyber Essentials packages, each with different prices and varying inclusions from basic to fully supported.

Cyber Essentials basic: £300 + VAT

Cyber Essentials Plus: £2500 + VAT

What is the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?

The basic Cyber Essentials package includes access to the online self-assessment questionnaire, Cyber Essentials branding for your business (to include on your website, emails etc), as well as Cyber Essentials certification valid for 12 months upon successful application. This costs £300 + VAT.

Cyber Essentials Plus offers extensive support throughout the Cyber Essentials application process. On top of the Cyber Essentials certification valid for 12 months and the branding for promotional use, your organisation will receive dedicated helpdesk support, on-site assessment in your company HQ and absolutely no resubmission fees. The price for Cyber Essentials Plus is £2500 + VAT.

Do I need Cyber Essentials?

If your organisation does not have a cyber security plan in place, getting a plan should be your top priority. Cyber security breach is a persistent threat to all businesses, regardless of size, industry or experience. In the latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 (with investigations carried out in winter 2018) 32% of businesses and 22% of charities report cyber security attacks in the previous 12 months. Each breach costs an average of £4,180 to businesses and £9,470 to charities.

Get Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials is a government-accredited scheme which supports businesses protect themselves from basic cyber security threats.

Find out more about our packages and get started with your Cyber Essentials certification.