Cyber Essentials Certification
Helping you stay secure, win more contracts, and grow your business
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported initiative to provide businesses with a way of proving that they have a basic level of cyber security in place.
Cyber Essentials certification shows that companies and their owners:
- understand the basic principles of cyber security
- are committed to protecting their business from common cyber threats
- have the basic precautions in place
It doesn’t stop there. By becoming certified, you could put yourself ahead of the competition and in turn, may improve your chances of winning more contracts.
Comply - Protect - Promote
Cyber Essentials certification helps organisations to prove that they have understood the basic principles of cyber security and show they have taken basic precautions against cyber attacks. It also gives the public sector sight of how seriously organisations looking to work with them take cyber security.
From May 2018, there’s the possibility of increased fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office if you fail to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Cyber Essentials certification can help you to meet the requirements of GDPR.
Certification is mandatory for some sectors including suppliers of MOD contracts and for central government contracts advertised after 1 October 2014 which involve the handling of personal information and the provision of certain ICT products and services
Certification helps organisations look more attractive to potential buyers and means that buyers will not see you as a potential ‘weak link’ in the supply chain.
With many high-profile cyber attacks reported in 2017 – particularly the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack that seriously affected the NHS – it has become apparent that many organisations, regardless of scale, are under-prepared to deal with these threats.
Did you know that in 2016 46% of UK SMEs suffered a cyber security breach? On average, each instance of a cyber attack costs the affected company £1,340.
Certification is an affordable alternative. The controls put in place to achieve Cyber Essentials certification protect a business from around 80% of common cyber attacks.
Based on the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017*:
- Only one in ten businesses have a plan in place in the event of a security breach.
- Just under half (46%) of all UK business identified at least one cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.
- Around 13% of UK business are attacked daily.
It is estimated that security breaches will continue to increase in the next year. The survey found 59% of respondents expected to see more security incidents. Businesses need to ensure their defences keep pace with the threat.
Certification allows your business/organisation to promote itself as cyber secure up to the Cyber Essentials standard level, which can make a real difference when bidding for contracts.
When you receive your Cyber Essentials certificate, you will also receive the relevant Cyber Essentials branding to use on collateral. Cyber Essentials is a globally recognised certification and cuts through the noise.
What are the levels of certification?
The complete Cyber Essentials scheme is made up of two levels of certification – Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.
Ideal for small and mid-sized organisations (< 250 employees) Cyber Essentials is the first stage foundation level certification providing a clear understanding of the basic controls your organisation should have in place to mitigate risks from common cyber threats.
Cyber Essentials Plus is the second stage, advanced certification involving a more rigorous test of your organisation’s cyber security systems where our cyber security experts carry out on-site vulnerability tests to ensure you are protected against basic hacking and phishing attacks. We recommend this for organisations with 250 or more employees.
How Do I Get Cyber Essentials?
Obtaining Cyber Essentials certification through Tracker is very straightforward.
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.
Cyber Essentials Pricing
|Cyber Essentials||Cyber Essentials Fast Track||Cyber Essentials Plus|
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|£300 ex VAT||£600 ex VAT||£2,500 ex VAT|