Cyber Essentials Plus

Advanced cyber security for all businesses

Achieving a Cyber Essentials accreditation is a great framework to address the basics of cyber security, however the Government-backed Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation offers businesses the opportunity to increase their cyber security. Industry experts, including the National Cyber Security Centre (an independent organisation), all agree that the benefits of upgrading to Cyber Essentials Plus are too good to ignore.

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    An independent, external certified body examining your cyber security
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    Advanced protection from cyber-crime
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    Required in order to work with several industries
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    Reassure your customers
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    Evidence your company’s commitment to working securely

Becoming Cyber Essentials accredited is highly recommended, however, is it really enough? With huge benefits to upgrading your certification, the short answer is no!

Cyber Essentials vs Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus offers businesses the opportunity to take their security to the next level and cannot be undertaken without first being Cyber Essentials certified.

This heightened level of protection involves an external certified body examining your cyber security. This may sound scary, but the whole process can be managed by a cyber managed service provider (CyberGuard) and businesses that fully prepare, often pass Cyber Essentials Plus first time.

The external governing body will examine that you are adhering to a set of cyber security requirements that CyberGuard deems appropriate. This is done by simulated phishing attacks and basic hacking procedures. To complete the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, you will also need to pass a final technical audit.

Cyber Essentials Plus is aimed at businesses with a more complex IT infrastructure and by achieving it, you can reassure and demonstrate to your customers that you have a higher level of commitment to security, which will further increase their confidence in your business. 

Benefits of Cyber Essentials Plus

Evidence you take cyber security seriously

Highlighting the fact that you take security and data protection seriously couldn't be more important in a post GDPR era. With cyber-attacks constantly in the news, having a strong stance on cyber security is a much-needed virtue in today's modern business world.

Reassure your customers

A recent nationwide survey undertaken by CyberGuard Technologies found that 81% of businesses wanted to reassure their customers that they were taking a proactive approach to cyber security - this was the reason why they invested in this certification.

To win new contracts, suppliers or tenders

If you're demonstrating that security and data protection is taken seriously within your organisation, then this puts your company in an advantageous position when bidding for new contracts. The same survey highlighted that 84% of businesses found that having this accreditation made it easier for them to win contracts.

Peace of mind

Cyber Essentials Plus encompasses a far greater number of cyber assessments, thereby providing you with a better understanding of your own organisation's level of cyber risk. This offers your business peace of mind that you are demonstrating the highest cyber security standards internally.

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“As the majority of our work is with government agencies, it is likely that [the Cyber Essentials accreditations] will become a standard client requirement in the near future.”

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