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

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Unsure what the differences between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are?

If your business wants to gain certification, it’s best that you do your research into the certification to see what option is most suited to your requirements.

Cyber Essentials Online weighs up both options for you below.


Cyber Essentials

If you want to win work with the public sector, it is vital that your business has Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials is the minimum certification an organisation needs to implement in order to bid for new public sector contracts which include the transfer of public sector identifiable information.

Once your business has found an accreditation body that can fulfil its requirements, it’s fairly easy to get started with Cyber Essentials as your provider will send you a self-assessment questionnaire once you have purchased.

This level of certification is right for you if:

  • Your business requires base-level security certification to demonstrate that you have the recommended Cyber Essentials key controls in place.


Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus is a more rigorous test of your organisation’s cyber security systems where our cyber security experts carry out vulnerability tests to make sure that your organisation is protected against basic hacking and phishing attacks.

Cyber Essentials Plus certification includes an additional internal scan and an on-site assessment.

This level of certification is right for you if:

  • Your business has employees who work from home or in remote locations.
  • Third-party businesses have access to your premises or IT systems.


Fast Track

There is also the Cyber Essentials Fast Track option to consider…

The Cyber Essentials Fast Track application service gets you assessed within 2 Business Days.

Like Cyber Essentials, the Fast Track option gives users access to the online self-assessment questionnaire and provides 12 months’ certification upon successful application.

Fast Track offers inclusive support and advice throughout the application process and there are no additional costs for retests or Gap Analysis.

This level of certification is right for you if:

  • Your business requires the basic level of Cyber Essentials certification but needs to gain it urgently.


Need some more information?

Whether you would like more information about the various Cyber Essentials products or would like to ask a question about the certification process, simply fill out the ‘Contact Us’ form and a member of our team will get back to you.