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Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against common cyber threats.
The main objective of the Cyber Essentials assessment is to show that your organisation has effectively implemented the controls required by the Scheme, in order to defend against the most common and unsophisticated forms of cyber-attack.
To help you achieve your Cyber Essentials accreditation, we offer an in-depth consultancy service.
Our fully-trained Cyber Essentials specialists will visit your business in person to undertake a gap analysis. We will review your network and general IT practices and see where they sit against the standard for Cyber Essentials certification.
After our visit, we will create a gap report that will help you to understand what you may need to do before applying for certification.
We then work with you to fill the gaps in your cybersecurity processes and policies. This will allow you to pass your self assessment and achieve your Cyber Essentials accreditation.
Reduce the chances of an attack by 80%
Improves trust with clients & suppliers
Better controls improve GDPR compliance
Cyber Essentials is becoming a prerequisite in bidding for new contracts
Cyber Essentials requires the organisation, with help from a practitioner, to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, with responses independently reviewed by an external certifying body.
Cyber Essentials Plus covers the same requirements as Cyber Essentials but tests of the systems are carried out by an external certifying body, using a range of tools and techniques.
Unfortunately, a cyber-attack is extremely likely. In the UK, small businesses are attacked more than 65,000 times a year. Attacks can happen at any time and every business is vulnerable.
GDPR compliance is a journey not a destination. Organisations need to work continuously to ensure their data processes are secure and compliant. Cyber Essentials helps organisations protect sensitive data by ensuring they implement solid security measures, which by default helps with GDPR compliance.
Cyber Essentials certification is done annually, which will ensure organisations keep working on their cyber good practices, and as a result, their GDPR compliance.
ramsac have trained Cyber Essentials practitioners that can be bought in to undertake a gap analysis of where your network and general IT practices sit against the standard for Cyber Essentials certification.
The result of the visit will be a gap report that will help you to understand what you may need to do before applying for your certification, and of course, assistance with helping you get there as quickly as possible!
The Cyber Essentials certification has three simple steps:
Visit the Cyber Essentials website for more information.
On successfully passing all components of the Cyber Essentials application, you will receive a branding pack including your certificate. The pack will also include a Cyber Essentials Badge that can only be displayed by organisations that have passed the relevant assessment.
The badge can be displayed by authorised organisations on:
You can search by name to find organisations holding a Cyber Essentials certificate issued in the past 12 months here on the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) website.
The UK government recommends that you renew your certification at least annually. Re-certifying is like having an annual MOT for your cyber security controls. It gives your IT an essential annual check to protect against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks. Speak to ramsac for advice on renewing.
ramsac are proud to be recognised as a Trusted Partner of the Certification Body, Indelible Data Limited. This status recognises our expertise at preparing companies ahead of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus audits. For more information please visit