Cyber Essentials is a government backed and industry supported Certification for businesses run by National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ). Cyber Essentials helps you to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your organisations commitment to cybersecurity. More than 80% of the successful cyber attacks could have been prevented with the basic security controls in place. Cyber Essentials will help you identify any potential risks to your business.
The scheme provides an accessible way for all global companies and organisations of all sizes to demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity through a recognised and government-backed standard.
What is involved in achieving Cyber Essentials Certification?
There are two types of Certifications. Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. They both start with a self-assessment questionnaire. The Certification requirements are listed below:
- Secure Configuration
- User Access Controls
- Malware Protection
- Patch Management
Cyber Essentials Certification
The Cyber Essentials Basic is a self-assessment certification. The client's organisation will be provided with a questionnaire which you will fill in your businesses security controls and you will need to submit the answers as per your infrastructure setup. There is no onsite assessment for this stage.
Cyber Essentials Plus Certification
Cyber Essentials Plus starts with a self-assessment questionnaire, an external vulnerability scan of internet facing systems as well as an internal vulnerability assessment of your internal workstations and mobile devices. We will review the self-assessment questionnaire and arrange an onsite or remote visit (COVID-19 restrictions prevailing) to test your internal workstations and mobile devices. If all elements of testing pass, you will be issued a Cyber Essentials Plus Certification and can use the certified badge. This will demonstrate your Cyber Essentials commitment.
Check out the Cyber Essentials Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Why do you need TechForce?
TechForce is an IASME accredited Certification Body for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.
We assist you with the certification by identifying any gaps in the security control required for the certification, we make sure you fix them before submitting the application.
The Cyber Essentials package is the UK government certification which protects SMEs from 98.5% of cyber attacks in the country. It’s the recommended level of cybersecurity for all businesses to ensure they are fully equipped to handle any threats. Our expert team has helped hundreds of companies throughout the globe and we can be here to assist you - every step of the way.
Choose the right Cyber Essentials package for your business
Below is our portfolio of Cyber Essential packages that are aimed to suit all your business cyber essential needs. Each of our options offers a government backed Cyber Essential Certification along with our 'Excellent' customer support from our TechForce team that are on hand to guide you through every step of the process.
Step 1: Organisation Size
Step 2: Pick Cyber Essentials Package
Cyber Essentials Basic - CEB001
£300 + VAT
2 Days for Remediation
1 Day Turnaround
£25k Cyber Insurance*
Guided Cyber Essentials - CEB002
£500 + VAT
Everything in CEB001 plus
Cyber Essentials Plus - CEP001
£1500 + VAT
Everything in CEB002 Plus
30 Day Remediation
Systems Audit (remote)
Guided CE Plus - CEP002
£2500 + VAT
Everything in CEP001 plus
Pre- systems Audit
Gap Analysis report
“TechForce helped us with our Cyber Essential Plus Certification and the process has been seamless. The pre-scanning and the gap analysis report has been very helpful. If you are thinking about Cyber Essentials Plus or Cybersecurity Services in general, look no further.”
"Mintra worked with TechForce to successfully achieve our Cyber Essentials Plus Certification.
TechForce team were thorough and professional, carefully guiding us through the process and providing excellent support throughout.
Gaining this certification demonstrates to our business and customers that our processes and procedures are in line with the core industry standard security controls.
We would highly recommend TechForce to any business looking to efficiently gain its Cyber Essential certification."
"We were the target of a cyber fraudster who tried to steal thousands of pounds from us and signed up for the Cyber Essentials Certification after this. Before we went on this course we had left ourselves wide open to being targeted and TechForce Cyber Essentials Certification took us through a step by step procedure to prevent anyone being able to do this to us again. All avenues of tightening up our procedures
have now been investigated and changed. We would highly recommend TechForce Cyber Essentials Certification for all companies as in this day and age we all have online activity and these fraudsters are very clever so we need to be one step ahead of them."
"We engaged with TechForce to assist with our Cyber Essentials Certification. The team identified relevant gaps within our organisation’s security and recommended best-practice solutions, such as more complex passwords and two-factor authentication, to help address these. As a small business owner, these practical measures can make a huge difference in terms of added security and providing peace of mind; freeing up time to focus on operations."
"TechForce really assisted us on our journey to achieving our Cyber Essentials certification. At HR Hub Plus we fully appreciate the value of solution your effective team provided.
The TechForce team are incredibly friendly and helpful. They are truly the local business communities “trusted Cybersecurity Partner”
I will have no hesitation in recommending the team to any of my contacts that would require your services."
"The team at Techforce have been brilliant with my Cyber Essential Plus audit. Very helpful, honest and professional throughout the audit.
I would highly recommend them to any of my clients and associates in the future!
Great service and a pleasure to work with."
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