What is the Cyber Essentials certification?

To help combat cybercrime, the UK Government introduced the industry backed Cyber Essentials certification scheme. There are two ceritfications available: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials PLUS.

As a registered certification body, we’ll ensure you’re equipped to achieve the basic and advanced levels of certification.

A Cyber Essentials accreditation defines a set of 5 key controls that will help safeguard your business from the most common types of cyber threat and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security.

  1. Access control
  2. Firewalls
  3. Malware Protection
  4. Secure configuration & network managment
  5. Updating software / patching


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Protect your business against cyber attack

Cybercrime is predicted to cost companies £6 trillion worldwide by 2021. Threats are growing in both number and complexity with many high-profile global attacks frequently making the news, which is why it’s so important to achieve a cyber essentials accreditation.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also means liability for cyber breaches falls on businesses who must ensure their data is adequately protected to meet compliance or risk hefty fines.

Reduce risk

Cyber Essentials is estimated to reduce the threat of attack by up to 80%.

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Stakeholder assurance

Demonstrate your commitment to protecting your own data, your customers and suppliers.

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Simple & cost effective

Cyber Essentials offers a practical and affordable framework to implement and prove good cyber hygiene measures.

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Lower insurance premiums

Organisations with a Cyber Essentials certificate are more likely to enjoy reduced cyber insurance premiums versus those without.

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Support compliance

Cyber Essentials will help you comply with associated ISO standards, GDPR and ties in with the National Cyber Security Centre’s Ten steps to Cyber Security.

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Secure more business

Boost your reputation and increase your chances of securing new business – certification is a minimal requirement for Government contracts.

Your path to certification

At Air Sec, we offer fully managed support and certification paths for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essential PLUS.

As a fully trained and licensed Cyber Essentials certification body, we’ll ensure your success by creating a safe environment around your cyber controls before submitting your application. We’ll then complete all the necessary steps to issue your certification.

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  • Cyber Essentials

We’ll manage your Cyber Essentials certification with our 5-step process, creating a safe environment around your cyber controls. We’ll address any vulnerabilities and make sure you have the correct systems, controls and processes in place prior to the questionnaire based assessment. Once you’re ready, one of our fully certified assessors will complete and submit your response and issue the certification.

  • Cyber Essentials PLUS

Cyber Essentials PLUS* is for organisations that have already achieved the initial certification. A more in-depth standard, it includes additional scans and an on-site assessment to further verify your commitment to effective cyber security practices.

*Please note: Cyber Essentials PLUS must be completed alongside or within 3 months of the initial Cyber Essentials certification.

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