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Cyber Essentials

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The Cyber Essentials scheme was set up by the UK Government and CREST to help any organisation attain a level of security that should reduce the risk of a successful attack from the internet. A Cyber Essentials certificate will demonstrate that your organisation is taking cyber security seriously. Dionach are an accredited Cyber Essentials Certification Body, which means that we are authorized to carry out Cyber Essentials assessments and issue certificates for passing organisations.

There are two levels of Cyber Essentials assessments: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus:

  • Cyber Essentials: A verified self-assessment: this is comprised of a customer questionnaire and a vulnerability assessment of external Internet connections.
  • Cyber Essentials Plus: The basic Cyber Essentials as well as an onsite internal assessment of sample workstations and mobile devices.


The completed Cyber Essentials self-assessment questionnaire is assessed by Dionach to determine if the answers meet the required pass mark. The questionnaire covers these five areas:

  • Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways
  • Secure configuration
  • Access control
  • Malware protection
  • Patch management


The vulnerability assessment is comprised of a vulnerability scan of your connections to the Internet and any business-critical externally hosted systems. There must be no confirmed critical risk vulnerabilities to achieve a pass.

The UK Government's 10 Steps to Cyber Security will help you understand what to consider prior to the assessment. If you wish to have assistance prior to an assessment, Dionach offer a Cyber Essentials Readiness Review.

Contact Dionach to book a Cyber Essentials assessment or Cyber Essentials Readiness Review.