How Long Does It Take To Get Cyber Essentials?

The Cyber Essential certification scheme is a UK government-backed scheme that has been developed to protect organisations against some common online threats. It ensures they can meet a set of basic Cyber Security requirements that protect them and their customers against the most common cyber threats.

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Scheme

As with any certification scheme, it does take an investment in both time and money. There are several factors that will impact the certification timelines, including the chosen certification level and the efficiency of the certification process.

Read on to find out how long does it take to get Cyber Essentials and what are the factors that influence this timeline?

Equilibrium Security are one of the few Cyber Essentials Certification bodies within the Midlands. We have been working alongside IASME conducting Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus assessments since 2016.

How Long does it take to get Cyber Essentials?

The basic Cyber Essentials certificate is acquired through self-assessment. This process will typically take a few weeks. Organisations will need to complete the self-assessment questionnaire, address any gaps in their security, and then submit their application for review.

How long does it take to get Cyber Essentials Plus?

Cyber Essentials Plus involves a more rigorous independent assessment, including remote security testing. This means it takes longer to complete, often weeks including the preparation time, rescans and remediation. However, the assessment itself usually takes between 1-2 days.

The timeline for achieving Cyber Essentials Plus will also depend on the availability of the assessment team and any remedial actions that are required to meet certification standards.

Factors impacting on the certification timeline

There are a number of factors that will influence the time required to obtain Cyber Essentials certification:

Assessment Type

Organisational Readiness

Assessor Availability

What are the steps in the certification process?

The steps in the certification process include:

  • Application – organisations will begin by applying for Cyber Essentials certification through a chosen certification body.
  • Self-Assessment or Assisted Assessment – the self-assessment process is then conducted for the basic certificate. An independent assessment by a qualified assessor is conducted.
  • Evaluation – the certification body will then review the assessment and evaluate whether or not the organisation has met the certification standards.
  • Certification – if the criteria have been met the organisation will then receive Cyber Essential certification.

Can the certification process be expedited?

Organisations that already have in place robust security measures may find they can achieve certification more quickly than average but the process cannot be expedited.

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Achieve Cyber Essential certification with Equilibrium Security

Equilibrium Security can help your organisation achieve Cyber Essentials certification in a timely and cost-effective manner. 

As one of the few Cyber Essential certification bodies in the Midlands, we have been conducting Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus assessments since 2016.

Contact us to find out more about how we can help your organisation achieve Cyber Essentials certification.

Customer Feedback

Victor Stephenson-Henshaw
Victor Stephenson-Henshaw
Learn Plus Us
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Learn Plus Us recently worked with Jacob and the team at Equilibrium Security to pass our Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. We found them to be extremely supportive and knowledgeable throughout the process. They were always available to answer any questions we had and provided us with the guidance and resources we needed to ensure a successful outcome. We found them to be a pleasure to work with and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to pass their Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.
The Institute of Clinical Science and Technology
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I have undertaken my organisations Cyber Essentials Plus certification with Equilibrium for another year recently. It is such a positive experience, straight forward and clear. They have again provided great support and guidance to complete the certification, and as always a level of professionalism and expertise that provides great value to our organisation.
Arif Shah
Arif Shah
Cority Cohort
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Equilibrium Security have been our vendor of choice for Cyber Essentials for the last 4 years. They are always professional, helpful and patient, with lots of good advice on hand to guide us through the process. I can thoroughly recommend their services.