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Reassuring customers of your cyber resilience

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.

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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.

What we do

There are two Cyber Essentials certification options:

  • Cyber Essentials: includes a verified self-assessment questionnaire and an external vulnerability scan.
  • Cyber Essentials Plus: includes the Cyber Essentials components, and an additional internal scan and on-site assessment.

Dionach is an accredited Cyber Essentials Certification Body, enabling us to support you through either route to certification.

Cyber Essentials Process

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 scan reviews your connections to the Internet and any business-critical externally hosted systems. There must be no confirmed critical risk vulnerabilities to achieve a pass.

Need guidance on which route to choose?

Cyber Essentials Readiness Review

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.



Dionach is an accredited Cyber Essentials Certification Body, enabling us to support you through either route to certification.


Our partnership approach means we work as an extension of your team to guide and support your journey to certification, so that you pass first time.


Our experts provide straightforward guidance and will simplify the complex process of Cyber Essentials certification.

Find out how we can help with your cyber challenge