Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials

Helps you to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security


What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials scheme is a government-backed cyber security certification that sets out a baseline of cyber security suitable for all organisations. The scheme’s five security controls can prevent “around 80% of cyber attacks”. The certification is a valuable indicator that the organisation has taken the necessary measures to bolster cyber security and reduce the risk of a cyber attack.

Why should I get it?

Cyber Attacks on businesses are part of our day to day life; businesses large and small are being urged to protect themselves against cybercrime after new Government statistics found nearly half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months. Cyber Essentials is a cost-effective way of putting protections in place to avoid cyber-attacks and to demonstrate to clients that you are taking cyber security seriously.

  • Prevent Cyber Essentials helps prevent approximately 80% of common cyber-attacks
  • Protection demonstrates to your customers and prospects that your business is taking the necessary steps to protect their information from data loss
  • Insurance Free liability insurance cover is available – pass the assessment and fulfil the criteria to benefit from this.
  • GDPR With GDPR looming, Cyber Essentials is an excellent recommended first step in making sure your business is secure.
  • Compliance Helps you win public sector work – this certification is mandatory for companies in the supply chain of central government and is appearing frequently in tenders within the public sector

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What is the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is an independently verified self-assessment.  As part of the process you complete an online assessment questionnaire. Upon submission, Equilibrium will review and verify your responses to determine of the certification has been achieved and if successful, we will award you the with a certificate and badge that you can display on your company website.


Recommendations and remedial actions will be provided if this is not the case.

Cyber Essentials Plus

To be able to proceed to this stage you must have been awarded the basic Cyber Essentials certification. Cyber Essentials Plus provides a higher level of assurance than just the base self-assessment as it involves more rigorous testing by a certification body.


As part of the Cyber Essentials Plus process, one of our security consultants will visit your site to conduct both internal and external tests of your infrastructure and computers.


Successful achievement of the Cyber Essential Plus certification will demonstrate that your organisation has implemented the right security controls to provide a robust defence against Internet-based cyber-attacks.


The Cyber Essentials Plus certification will be valid for a year. All successful companies will be added to the list of certified organisations held on the IASME database.

How would it benefit my organisation?
  • Compliance – Mandatory requirement for anyone in the supply chain of central government
  • Protect – Demonstrate to your customers and prospects that your business is taking the necessary steps to protect their information
  • Prevent – around 80% of common cyber attacks
Why Choose Equilibrium?
  • Specialist – We only focus on Cyber security and will tailor solutions to our customers needs
  • Independent – we recommend the right solution and are not beholden to vendors
  • Experts – that have the ability to not only assess as a qualified IASME Cyber Essentials certification body but can advise on how a business can achieve this certification
Why should I choose Equilibrium?

Equilibrium is a Certification Body for The IASME Consortium, the Cyber Essentials Partner to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). We can offer Cyber Essentials, Cyber Essentials Plus, IASME Governance and GDPR Readiness Assessments as a Certification Body. We have the expertise to advise UK companies under this government endorsed scheme. 


Iasme is National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC’s) sole Cyber Essentials Partner for the delivery of the Cyber Essentials Scheme’

The IASME Governance standard, based on international best practice, is risk-based and includes aspects such as physical security, staff awareness, and data backup. The IASME standard was recently recognised as the best cyber security standard for small companies by the UK Government when in consultation with trade associations and industry groups.  The IASME governance self assessment includes the Cyber Essentials assessment within it as well as an assessment against the requirements of the GDPR.


The audited IASME certification is seen as a realistic alternative to ISO27001 by an increasing number of companies.  Find out more and download the standard for free here.

    See our interview with Anish to find out why companies should implement Cyber Essentials

    Hear what our customers have to say:

    “GHD in the UK would like to thank Equilibrium Security for fantastic support and quick response in assisting us to achieve Cyber Essentials Certification under tight time constraints. I would have no hesitation in recommending them as a certification body.” (Daryl Harding: Global Information Security Manager)

    If you are interested in Cyber Essentials and would like to discuss it further then please do:
    Failure to comply with GDPR could lead to fines of 4% of your annual turnover, find out more about our:
    GDPR Readiness Assessment