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What is a Cyber Essentials accreditation? Does my business need it?

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.

Get accredited with ramsac

To help you achieve your Cyber Essentials accreditation, we offer an in-depth consultancy service.

Our fully-trained Cyber Essentials practitioners 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.

Why is a Cyber Essentials accreditation important?

  • Government-backed, industry approved accreditation
  • Protects your business from the 65,000+ annual cyber attacks
  • Ensures basic cyber hygiene
  • Reassures your customers and suppliers that your business is secure

Benefits of a Cyber Essentials certification

Cybersecurity

Protection

Reduce the chances of an attack by 80%

reliable

Peace of mind

Improves trust with clients & suppliers

Improve compliance

Better controls improve GDPR compliance

negotiate

Win more business

Cyber Essentials is becoming a prerequisite in bidding for new contracts


Levels of Cyber Essentials certification

There are two levels of certification that can be achieved. Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Cyber Essentials

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

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.

Cyber Essentials FAQs

How likely is a cyber-attack on my organisation?

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.

How does Cyber Essentials help GDPR compliance?

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.

Where should I start with my certification?

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!

What does the process look like?

The Cyber Essentials certification has three simple steps:

  1. Select a Certification Body through one of our Accreditation Bodies.
  2. Verify that your IT is suitably secure and meets the standards set by Cyber Essentials – your Certification Body can help with this.
  3. Complete the questionnaire – your Certification Body will provide this and verify your answers. Once you’ve passed, you will be award your Cyber Essentials certificate.

Visit the Cyber Essentials website for more information.

Where can I display my Cyber Essentials certificate?

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:

  • Websites;
  • Promotional material;
  • Letterheads; and
  • Email signatures.
Where are Cyber Essentials certified organisations listed?

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.

How do I renew my Cyber Essentials certificate?

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.

To get started, simply:

  • Purchase your package here
  • Make sure you use the email for your existing account to be able to port across your company details and questionnaire answers from your previous application to your new application.

How can we help you?

We’d love to talk to you about your specific IT needs, and we’d be happy to offer a no obligation assessment of your current IT set up. Whether you are at a point of organisational change, unsure about security, or just want to sanity check your current IT arrangements, we’re here to help.

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Changing IT support providers, like changing lawyers, is not a decision any business takes lightly or frequently. The decision is fraught with numerous questions such as whether the new team will understand my business needs, will it cause teething problems, and more importantly, will the reality match the sales pitch! We took that decision to move to Ramsac in January after ten years with another provider and we have not regretted that choice for a moment. Ramsac are simply great! From the get go we have been very well supported from the front line very helpful telephone support team right up to our relationship manager. We feel that the Ramsac team are very much an integral part of us . What however has driven us to write this review is the fabulous support we have received following a cyber attack this week. Something no business wants to happen but is increasingly a sad factor of modern cyber life. The Ramsac cyber support team were superb and really gave us first class support and guidance through what was frankly a horrible experience. Thank you Dan! Denise Herrington
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