New Website Launch for Cyber Essentials

New Website Launch for Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme for organisations of all types and sizes to help protect themselves against the most common forms of cyber attack. The scheme was first launched in 2014 and offers industry-recognised certification options supported by NCSC Accreditation Bodies.

The new website was launched to help organisations stay secure online and provides clear and simple guidance to improve basic cyber security based on five technical controls.

Cyber Essentials consists of two levels of certification:

  • a self-assessment option which offers protection against five ‘essential’ technical controls; and
  • Cyber Essentials Plus which ensures the same protections are in place, but verification of this is carried out by an independent body.  

Certification demonstrates to an organisation's customers, or prospective customers, that cyber security is taken seriously and meets the standards set out in the Cyber Essentials scheme. In the last year, over 5,000 certificates have been awarded to organisations.

Cyber Essentials can also be used by any organisation looking for assurance that their supply chains are suitably cyber secure. It is mandated that all organisations supplying to central government can demonstrate effective levels of cyber security of their systems and hold a Cyber Essentials certificate. 

As part of the ongoing development to improve the scheme, a new website has been created, pulling together information from across various government websites, to make the Cyber Essentials process as clear and simple as possible. The aim over time is to provide an enhanced experience for all users.

The website also includes a brand-new database of organisations that have had systems certified under the Cyber Essentials scheme in the last year. This helps provide reassurance to customers who can now validate their supply chain credentials in one place.

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