The cyber essentials audit is a HM Government backed scheme defined to provide guidance for businesses on how to protect against today’s cyber attacks and demonstrate that they align to cybersecurity best practices and a requirement for businesses that are looking to transact with UK central government on contracts that handle sensitive data or technical services.
Get accredited with ConnectDS and take the stress out of the Cyber Essentials certification process – achieving Cyber Essentials compliance demonstrates to existing clients and potentials that your business takes cyber security seriously and has invested in adequate and validated cyber security protection against cyber attacks. As part of our service ConnectDS break down the technical assurance framework to validate against the cyber essentials (CE) assessment standards to ensure your business is aligned.
ConnectDS are an approved Cyber Essentials partner and approved assessor with the IASME consortium and can work with your business to demonstrate through certification your commitment to cyber security and certified for this highly regarded UK government accreditation.
ConnectDS cannot guarantee cyber essentials for your business without understanding your current IT infrastructure, policies and cyber security protection, although our team are experts with the requirements and here to support you through the application process and work with your business to identify gaps. Our differentiator is being a cyber security consultancy and that we are confident that we can not only assist with the application and validation but assist your business to the minimum requirements with our both our advisory and consulting services and our managed solutions to ensure you align to the requirements of Cyber Essentials.
What are the 5 core areas of Cyber Essentials?
The Cyber Essentials assessment focuses on the 5 basic security controls of cyber security, these 5 controls are:
- Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways
- Secure configuration
- Access control
- Malware protection
- Patch management
Frequently Asked Questions about Cyber Essentials Certification
ConnectDS receive lots of questions about our CE assessments, supporting services and reducing cyber attacks, please see below for some common cyber essentials FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions):
What is cyber essentials
Cyber Essentials is a simple and effective government supported scheme that will help you to protect your organisation. Cyber Essentials is an assurance program that is operated by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) and developed based upon the CESG checklist for the ten steps to cyber security and further developed with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises Consortium (IASME), Information Security Forum (ISF), and the British Standards Institution (BSI). Cyber Essentials was developed to assess an organisation’s cyber security level and advise on effective mitigation and basic security controls against the most common cyber attacks.
How do I get cyber essentials certified?
To get certified all businesses are required to engage with a cyber essentials accreditation company – ConnectDS is a certified cyber essentials company and can help you with your CE requirements, from the initial self assessment questionnaire, to aligning your processes and information security controls to the technical requirements of the framework.
What is the IASME consortium?
The IASME consortium an Information Assurance standard developed in 2010 further details on IASME is available here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IASME
What Does IASME stand for?
IASME stands for Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises.
How long does it take to get cyber essentials?
ConnectDS can expedite accreditation for the cyber essentials scheme for your business, our team are focused on cyber security assessment and work with our clients to assist and certify our clients with the self assessment questionnaire, and to identify areas that require development and align our managed solutions to ensure your business can complete the assessment within 24 hours from engagement. If your business does not have the expected cyber security measures in place, there is likely to be additional delay.
Do I need Cyber Essentials to be a Government Supplier?
Since 1 October 2014 all suppliers bidding for government contracts involving the handling of personal or sensitive information must be Cyber Essentials Certified to demonstrate they have cyber security basics in place to protect against common cyber attacks.
Can ConnectDS manage our entire Cyber Essentials certification process?
Absolutely, ConnectDS provide consultative services to certify, recertify or provide effective cyber essentials consulting services to ensure your business can achieve cyber essentials accreditations as smoothly as possible.
How Much Does Cyber Essentials cost?
The cost of Cyber essentials depends on which level of Cyber Essentials you choose to work towards. ConnectDS are specialist cyber security experts and have engineered the assessment process to a clear process to simplify the process for our clients to ensure it is simplified, cost effective and rapid to implement and certify.
What is the Cyber Essentials Plus certification?
Cyber Essentials Plus is an enhanced assessment over cyber essentials basic, although it has the same approach and defences/protection, there is enhanced validation performed with the hands-on technical audit and verification by our cyber security experts.
What is IASME Gold?
IASME Gold is often referred to as IASME Governance Audited, this certification involves an on-site assessment and governance audit evaluating your processes as a similar and alternative to ISO 27001 standard, IASME Gold is a high level of auditing that is typically cheaper and easier for small and medium-sized businesses to implement.
Is Patch management needed for Cyber Essentials?
Yes, Cyber Essentials requires a patch management process to be implemented to ensure that all software and devices are updated where there are patches available to address vulnerabilities and update software to stable and secure versions. ConnectDS can provide patch management managed services to meet the requirements of cyber essentials and achieve certification.
How long does cyber Essentials certification last?
The Cyber Essentials certification is valid for 12 months from the date of initial certification, ConnectDS can assist with the reassessment on a yearly basis.