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Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus

Demonstrate your commitment to cyber security with a Government-backed certification.

Cyber essentials

With 39% of UK businesses identifying cyber attacks each year, it's vital to ensure you have the processes in place to successfully deal with these threats.

As a Government-backed scheme, Cyber Essentials Plus is an initiative to help businesses of all sizes protect themselves against the most common types of cyber attacks. Offering both you and your customers peace of mind that data is kept secure, Cyber Essentials Plus helps you address the basics of cyber security.

How our Cyber Essentials Plus services can help

Secure data

Data will be kept secure from the most common types of cyber breaches.

360 view of your security

Gain a full view of the level your business is at with its cyber security procedures.

Increased competitivity

Attract new business opportunities with your commitment to cyber security.

Professional advice

Get help, advice, and tips from cyber security professionals throughout the process.


If you’re bidding for certain contracts, Cyber Essentials Plus training might be a requirement.

Peace of mind

Gain peace-of-mind knowing that your business and customer data is secure.

Cyber Essentials Plus process

The Cyber Essentials Plus process uses five technical control themes to assess a business's commitment to cyber security practices. At Techsol Group, we'll work closely with you through each of those technical control themes to ensure your business meets the standards required.

From firewalls to security update management, we'll be on-hand each step of the way to offer help, advice, and guidance on how your business can better prepare itself against cyber attacks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cyber Essentials Plus certification?

Cyber Essentials Plus is a cybersecurity certification program that assesses a businesses adherence to fundamental security controls and best practices to protect against common online threats.

How does Cyber Essentials Plus differ from regular Cyber Essentials certification?

Cyber Essentials Plus includes a more rigorous assessment process, involving both a self-assessment questionnaire and an external vulnerability scan and on-site testing, whereas regular Cyber Essentials relies solely on self-assessment.

What are the key requirements for achieving Cyber Essentials Plus certification?

Key requirements include secure configuration, boundary firewalls, access controls, malware protection, and patch management. Businesses must demonstrate effective implementation of these controls.

Who can apply for Cyber Essentials Plus certification?

Any business, regardless of size or sector, can apply for Cyber Essentials Plus certification to enhance its cybersecurity.

What is involved in the assessment process for Cyber Essentials Plus?

The assessment process typically includes a vulnerability scan, on-site testing, and a review of evidence provided by the organization. The assessors will check if the security controls are properly implemented.

How long does it take to get Cyber Essentials Plus certified?

The time required for certification can vary depending on your business’ readiness and the availability of assessors. It typically takes several weeks to a few months to complete the process.

What are the costs associated with Cyber Essentials Plus certification?

Costs can vary depending on the certification body and the size of the organisation. It’s best to check with the chosen certification body or with your managed services provider for specific pricing.

Is Cyber Essentials Plus certification mandatory for all organisations?

Cyber Essentials Plus certification is not universally mandatory, but some government contracts or industry regulations may require or recommend it. You will need to check the specific requirements applicable to your business.

What benefits does Cyber Essentials Plus certification offer to organisations?

Benefits include improved cybersecurity, reduced risk of cyberattacks, increased customer trust, and a competitive edge when bidding for contracts that require cybersecurity certification.

How often does an organisation need to renew its Cyber Essentials Plus certification?

Cyber Essentials Plus certification is valid for one year. Businesses will need to renew annually to maintain their certified status.

What happens if an organisation fails the Cyber Essentials Plus assessment?

If an organisation fails the assessment, it will receive a report outlining the deficiencies. The business can then address these issues and reapply for certification.

Can businesses use external consultants to prepare for Cyber Essentials Plus certification?

Absolutely, businesses can seek assistance from external cybersecurity consultants or their managed services provider to help them prepare for certification and ensure compliance with the required security controls.

Does Cyber Essentials Plus cover all cybersecurity needs, or should businesses consider additional security measures?

While Cyber Essentials Plus provides a solid foundation, businesses may need to implement additional security measures based on their specific risk profile and industry requirements.

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