What is Cyber Essentials Accreditation?

Cyber Essentials is a set of basic security controls designed by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and launched in June 2014. Designed to make it easier for organisations of all sizes to protect themselves against common online cybersecurity threats.

Holding a Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification is now mandatory for organisations in the UK Government supply chain. They are also highly beneficial for any organisation as it demonstrates a commitment to, and awareness of, Cyber Security risks.

Netitude considers Cyber Essentials to be a starting point and a good, basic cybersecurity standard for most SME businesses.

What are the advantages of Cyber Essentials Certification for your business?

It is a sad reality that operating in business today requires awareness and mitigating actions against cybersecurity threats.

There are many benefits to the Cyber Essentials qualification, even if you don’t legally require it as an organisation working with the public sector.

  • Great protection: The Cyber Essentials certification protects against 80% of common cyber-attacks! So, you can rest assured that the sensitive information you hold will be better protected.
  • Win government contracts and open business opportunities: If your organisation is looking to bid for government contracts you will need to be Cyber Essentials certified. New business opportunities are opened as it demonstrates to business partners and new clients that you are working in a safe and secure digital environment.
  • Increased credibility and reputation: Achieving Cyber Essentials certification shows your commitment to protecting your own data and that of your customers and clients. The certification increases the reputation of your business and shows your organisation is taking preventative actions to reduce the threat from cyber-attacks.
  • Save money: The Cyber Essentials certification costs just £300 a year, while the average cost of a cyber attack for an SME is an incredible £1,380!
  • Insurance cover: With a Cyber Essentials certification in place, you benefit from £25,000 cyber breach insurance (if you have a turnover of less than £20 million), or reduced premiums (if your turnover is over £20m).

The Cyber Essentials certification process

To pass the certification, you must demonstrate that you have protection in the following 5 areas:


If you require Cyber Essentials PLUS certification, we also offer vulnerability scan, assessment, remediation and certification services.

What’s the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?

Get Cyber Essentials certified with Netitude

Our simple five-step methodology:

  • Initial assesment: Out team audit your network and systems, carry out penetration tests & vulnerability scans.
  • Identify security gaps: We analyse the results of our initial audit, identifying any vulnerabilities and build out a clear project plan to address.
  • Targeted remediation plan: Our team carefully implement required changes, with clear communication to minimise business impact.
  • Verification assessment: To ensure successful certification we carry out a further assessment to ensure all areas have been addressed.
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS certificaion: Guaranteed & externally verified certification.

Why choose Netitude as your Cyber Essentials partner?

  • One-stop shop: We provide all tools and resources needed to achieve certification at both levels of the Cyber Essentials scheme.
  • End-to-end support: We deliver all the technical tests and assessments, conducted by our experienced experts.
  • Credentials: Our consultants are qualified, CREST-accredited cyber security practitioners.

Get in touch, lets talk about getting your business Cyber Essentials certified

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