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What is Cyber Essentials and why do you need it?

What is Cyber Essentials from Bluegrass Group

What is Cyber Essentials and why do you need it?

Cyber Essentials was established in 2014 and is the only UK Government endorsed cyber certification. It was created for SMEs to help them reduce their risk to the most common cyber-attacks and it is known to reduce this risk by a massive 80%.

The main key benefits of becoming certified are:

  • You identify your own organisations cyber vulnerabilities. Allowing you to take proactive action to protect your business from ever increasing cyber-crime.
  • You will be in a position to win new business, specifically public sector/government contracts where, being Cyber Essentials certified is now a mandatory requirement for bids on work which involves the transfer of personal data.
  • You provide reassurance to your customers and suppliers that you take cyber security seriously, offering them peace of mind that they are in safe hands when they deal with you.

There are two levels of certification that your business can apply for:

Cyber Essentials (Basic)

The standard Cyber Essentials certification is a self-assessment questionnaire and is reviewed externally. It has 5 baseline checks which are as follows:

  • Boundary firewalls and internet access gates
  • Protect against malware
  • Managing updates
  • Secure setup
  • Controlled access

Cyber Essentials starts from just £299 per year. Although it is a self-assessment based process, for a small additional fee, we offer a guided process to ensure you answer the questions correctly with the help of our team of experts, avoiding any failed submissions.

Download the Cyber Essentials Basic PDF now. 

Cyber Essentials Plus

This includes all the assessment for the Cyber Essentials certification but system tests are carried out by an external certifying body and include an internal scan and an on-site assessment of your infrastructure, specifically focusing on workstations and mobile devices. It has the same requirements as the basic certification, but you also need these 5 additional levels of protection:

  • Firewalls
  • Secure setup
  • Command of User Access
  • Protect against malware
  • Patch management

Cyber Essentials Plus starts at £1,999 per year and is a completely guided process. It includes a dedicated Account Manager and up to 10% off Cyber Insurance – offering further peace of mind should your business need it.

Download the Cyber Essentials Plus PDF now. 

Certification for both lasts 12 months from completion.

By having the Cyber Essentials Certification you not only protect your business against 80% of Cyber Attacks but you also increase your potential to work with a wider range of customers and suppliers.

Why choose Bluegrass?

We’ve supported a number of organisations to successfully achieve their Cyber Essentials Certification and offer competitive rates, a speedy process and expert help whenever you need it. By choosing this service with Bluegrass Group, you’ll benefit from partnering with a Managed Services Provider who’s small enough to care, but big enough to cope. Established in 2007 and serving clients across the UK, we proactively support, protect and enhance your IT systems 24/7/365 days a year to allow you to get on with what you do best. Unlike some larger providers, you’ll always receive a personalised service with dedicated contact every step of the way.

Customer service excellence is our number one priority and our entire team are here to make your life easier.

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