The Cyber Essentials scheme was set up by the UK Government with the purpose of helping you “guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security,” in the words of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Implementing the fundamental controls required to gain Cyber Essentials certification will indeed make a significant contribution to safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data that you store on internet-connected devices. It will also improve your standing in the eyes of customers and prospects.
So you want to get Cyber Essentials certified?
This article will give you an understanding of the key elements of the Cyber Essentials standard, help you determine if you’re ready to be assessed, and what you need to do to achieve compliance.
There are two Cyber Essentials certification options:
Dionach is an accredited Cyber Essentials Certification Body, enabling us to support you through either route to certification.
You complete the Cyber Essentials questionnaire online, which is then assessed by Dionach to determine if the answers meet the required pass mark. The questionnaire covers these five areas:
If you require support to prepare for the assessment, or guidance to decide which certification route is right for you, Dionach offers a Cyber Essentials Readiness Review. Our consultants will undertake a gap audit that identifies your current position and clearly shows what is needed to achieve compliance.