Cyber Essentials Accreditation


Our commitment to preventing and resisting cyber attacks has been recognised this month with a 'Cyber Essentials' accreditation.

The accreditation process, backed by the Government's National Cyber Security Centre, assesses an organisation's resilience to common threats, including hacking, phishing and password guessing.

Cyber Essentials is an excellent way for a company to check it is using all the main techniques to thwart cyber criminals, covering everything from firewalls to protection from malware. It includes managing the risks of common practices, such as allowing employees to bring their own device (BYOD) to work.

To meet the standard, companies must demonstrate their ability to protect data – their own and their clients' – stored on devices which connect to the internet. As such, applying for the accreditation is one good way to prepare for the imminent tougher rules under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Cyber Essentials Accreditation

Cambridge Helpdesk achieve accreditation, April 2018

The scheme is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations. It is available at two levels:

  • Cyber Essentials - an independently verified self assessment. Organisations assess themselves against five basic security controls and a qualified assessor verifies the information provided.
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS – a higher level of assurance. A qualified and independent assessor examines the same five controls, testing that they work in practice by simulating basic hacking and phishing attacks.

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