Charities play a key part in our communities and every penny counts! But, increasing reliance on technology leaves many charities vulnerable to digital threats and puts their mission at risk.

We believe it’s a good time to review your cyber security measures and the Government-backed Cyber Essentials is a great place to start.

What is Cyber Essentials?

The Cyber Essentials certification aims to ensure organisations of all types and sizes understand, and can implement, the most fundamental IT security measures.

Implementing these measures will help to mitigate risk and keep infrastructure and data secure. The Cyber Essentials (CE) badge demonstrates that your organisation has implemented necessary security measures and taken appropriate steps towards minimising risk.

Launched in 2014 by the government’s National Cyber Security Centre, the Cyber Essentials scheme highlights the five basic cyber security controls that all businesses should be implementing:

  • Secure connections to the internet
  • Secure devices and configurations
  • Controlled access to devices and data
  • Protection from viruses and other malware
  • Management of software patches and updates

Learn more about Cyber Essentials

Around only half of UK businesses have implemented the five basic cyber security controls. Change that statistic by choosing to implement Cyber Essentials in your organisation.

  • What does a Cyber Essentials certification involve? Read more Read less

    A self-assessment questionnaire focused on your policies and procedures and security measures of your external-facing services (e.g. your website and emails).

    Your responses are reviewed by PGI’s cyber experts.

  • Why would I need Cyber Essentials? Read more Read less

    Cyber Essentials is required as a minimum standard for UK government suppliers—or those bidding for government contracts—who handle any sensitive and personal information.

    As a starting point, it is one of the most simple, straightforward, and cost-effective frameworks for improving security, keeping your valuable data safe and secure, and showing that you are dedicated to protecting the privacy of your clients, your employees, and your shareholders.

    It also helps you to meet the security requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • How much does Cyber Essentials cost? Read more Read less

    PGI’s Cyber Essentials package includes:

    • Access to the online self-assessment questionnaire
    • Includes certificate and Cyber Essentials branding for your business
    • Includes a re-submission
    • Provides 12 months’ certification upon successful application
    • Automatic Insurance Cover

    £̶3̶0̶0̶ ̶+̶ ̶V̶A̶T̶ £225 + VAT

Why choose PGI as your Cyber Essentials partner?


PGI has been a leading provider of the government-backed Cyber Essentials certification scheme since its launch in 2014. Since then, we have helped hundreds of organisations across the UK to improve their processes and demonstrate a commitment to cybersecurity.

Our multi-disciplined team understand how information security and cybersecurity intersect, ensuring an in-depth understanding of what your business needs.

We are a member of the IASME Consortium, the organisation responsible for licensing certification bodies to carry out Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications.

We recognise the importance of being certified to industry standards; that’s why the security testing team are all Tigerscheme certified and PGI is an accredited CREST member.


Want to find out more?