What Is The Cyber Essentials Certification?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed Cyber Security accreditation scheme that has been developed to ensure an organisation’s systems and data are secured against a range of online threats. 

Cyber Essentials certification is the recognised standard in the UK promoting and assessing Cyber Security best practices in both the private and public sectors.

Purpose of Cyber Essential Certification

Cyber Essentials security certification has been developed to protect organisations against common cyber threats, cyberattacks and potential data breaches. It does this by requiring organisations to implement a range of essential security measures. 

This not only helps protect the organisation, it also reduces the number of potentially vulnerable systems in the UK, helping to create a better security environment overall.

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.

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Cyber Essentials is a two-tier certification scheme:

Some businesses may only opt for the basic Cyber Essentials certification, whereas others may opt for Cyber Essentials Plus to ensure a higher level of security. 

Organisations that handle sensitive data will usually require Cyber Essentials Plus as a key component of their overall security strategy. Cyber Essentials certification cost will depend on which tier is opted for.

Essential Security Measures for Cyber Essentials Certification

To achieve Cyber Essentials Certification, organisations must implement a range of essential security measures:

  • Secure Configuration
  • Boundary Firewalls & Internet Gateways
  • Access Control
  • Malware Protection
  • Patch Management

Working with a Cyber Essentials certification body, all of these measures can be developed and refined to meet the requirements of the scheme. 

Who requires Cyber Essentials certification?

Cyber Essentials is a voluntary scheme, but it is increasingly becoming expected in order to do business. If you work with the public sector or would like to secure MOD or government contracts, then Cyber Essentials certification will be expected.

Increasing numbers of organisations are adopting Cyber Essentials measures to enhance their security and to demonstrate this commitment to their customers and partners.

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Achieve Cyber Essentials Certification with Equilibrium Security

Equilibrium Security can help your organisation achieve Cyber Essentials certification. As one of the few Cyber Essential certification bodies in the Midlands, we have been working alongside IASME conducting Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus assessments since 2016.

We understand how the scheme operates and its evolving criteria, providing advice and support to help our partners achieve their security objectives.

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.