Cyber Essentials Plus and Cyber Essentials Basic

What is Cyber Essentials?

The Cyber Essentials Scheme is a world leading, government backed, industry supported scheme in the United Kingdom to help organisations protect themselves against malicious actors and common online threats.

The scheme, which was launched in June 2014, enables organisations to gain one of two Cyber Essentials badges; Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. It is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations which are offering incentives for businesses.

In October 2014, the Government enforced a rule which required all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme and it’s likely in the near future we will see mandating of the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme.

How do I obtain Cyber Essentials?

The Cyber Essentials certification is obtained through completion of a questionaire relating to the security measures used internally. The questionaire is reviewed by security experts, such as Fidus, and a pass/fail is awarded.

Cyber Essentials Plus?

Cyber Essentials Plus is an add-on to the basic Cyber Essentials scheme and still requires completion of the questionaire. However, it is also includes an internal and external infrastructure vulnerability scan, a assessment of e-mail filtering and an assessment of malicious file downloads.


Benefits of Obtaining Cyber Essentials

Work with the UK Government and MOD

The Cyber Essentials certification will grant you the ability to work with the UK Government. The Cyber Essentials Plus certification will grant you the ability to work with the MOD.

Improved Security Posture

Boost your companies reputation by proudly displaying the Cyber Essentials and/or the Cyber Essentials Logo and encourage new clients to pick you over competitors.

Help Secure The Supply Chain

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus helps protect both your own data and data belonging to your customers and suppliers.

Focus on Your Business

Focus on the areas of your business which matter whilst knowing your resilience to cyber attacks has vastly improved.

Protect from Cyber Attacks

Take comfort in knowing that by correctly implementing the aforementioned 5 key areas your business security posture has improved and you are far less likely to fall victim to a successful cyber attack.

Reduce Cyber Insurance Premiums

Obtaining the Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus may allow underwriters to look favorably on your insurance application and help in reducing premiums.

Key Areas

The Cyber Essentials certification scheme can be split into the following five areas:

1) Patch Management

2) Firewalls

3) Access Controls

4) Secure Configuration

5) Malware Protection

Cyber Essentials Key Elements

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Why choose Fidus as your Cyber Essentials Provider?

When selecting a provider for your Cyber Essentials assessment, it’s important to ensure you choose the right one. Fidus Information Security are a TIGER scheme approved consultancy with our consultants holding some of the most recognised certifications in the industry, such as; CREST Certified Tester and Senior Security Tester. All of our assessments implement UK industry approved methodologies (OWASP, PETS, NIST) along with our internal methodologies.

We Work With You!

Whilst on any client engagement, the team at Fidus actively aim to work with the end-client to help understand and remediate issues where possible.

Certified Security Consultants

Our team consists of CREST and TIGER scheme approved individuals who hold the following certifications; OSCP, CCT, SST and CISSP.

Easy to Understand Reports

Our reports are aimed at all audiences. We have portions of our reports aimed at executives and portions of our reports aimed at the technical team.

Fixed Price Proposals

Our proposals are broken down into a costing table detailing each phase and the associated pricing.

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Fidus' Penetration Testing Engagement Structure

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