cyber essentials

Cyber Essentials is easy to implement and can help to prevent over 80% of all cyber-attacks.


What are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?

The Cyber Essentials certifications aim to ensure businesses 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) and Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) badges demonstrate that your business 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

What is the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?


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

  • Cyber Essentials Read more Read less

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

    Responses are reviewed by PGI’s cyber experts.

    Why would I need Cyber Essentials?

    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).

  • Cyber Essentials Plus Read more Read less

    Basic Cyber Essentials, plus:

    An independent, onsite vulnerability assessment and review of key security controls, including email and web, user endpoints and mobile devices.

    Why would I need Cyber Essentials Plus?

    Cyber Essentials Plus is a highly regarded certification, suitable for small and large businesses that are looking for a real improvement in their existing cybersecurity controls. It provides the same benefits of the basic Cyber Essentials, with two important additional benefits:

    • External validation of your controls completed by an experienced security consultant.
    • Higher level of security assurance for internal and external stakeholders, including:
      • The supply chain
      • Insurance providers
      • IT/security staff
      • Board level management

Cyber Essentials pricing and options – which is right for your business?


Regardless of the certification you’re applying for, we’ll work with you to ensure you achieve success. We offer two affordable Cyber Essentials options, with no hidden costs:

  • Cyber Essentials Basic Read more Read less

    • 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

    From £300

  • Cyber Essentials Plus Read more Read less

    Recommended for businesses that require a higher level of security assurance and external validation that controls adhere to best practice.

    Cyber Essentials Plus requires a PGI consultant to undertake a vulnerability assessment and professional onsite review.

    Contact us for pricing

PGI’s business development and specialist teams took the time to understand Valtex, enabling them to provide specific support for our specific challenge and requirements where other consultancies had failed to. We also appreciated the quality of the information provided and the straightforward communication that ensured we understood what was happening at every stage.

Head of Risk and Security, Valtex UK

We chose PGI because they are known for their quality of service. Our initial enquiry via email was responded to in a professional, prompt and courteous manner and the onsite Cyber Essentials Plus Assessor was knowledgeable, fit into our office environment without hinderance and was very thorough. We now have every confidence in our IT policy and the security of our data and practices.

Operations Director, Fides Enterprise Solutions Limited

PGI helped us achieve GDPR compliance and the Cyber Essentials certification, which means we can now do business with our Local Authorities. PGI’s team were friendly, professional and supportive throughout the process.

Branch Manager, Jimac Radio Cars Ltd

As an IT Company it's good to show our client base that we are serious about cyber security. PGI staff were extremely polite and supportive, answering all the questions we had. Even though the time between initial enquiry and actually starting the project was a bit slow on our end, we were met with patience and understanding.

Managing Director, Bells IT Support Ltd

PGI helped us achieve our Cyber Essentials certification. The staff were very helpful throughout the process and the questionnaire was easy to use. What we thought put PGI above other providers is the guidance included in the (already competitive) price.

Head of Business Systems, Enigma Industrial Services

PGI were a client of ours, so when we needed to achieve the Cyber Essentials certification, we engaged them to assist. The service provided was quick and straightforward and we now have in place a cyber security framework to keep our client data safe.

Commercial Business Manager, Jobseekers Recruitment Services

PGI came highly recommended to us when we need to undertake a penetration test on our web application. The resulting report was of an exemplary standard—with easy to understand information, as well as further in-depth reading recommendations—and it has raised the profile of the security within the organisation.

IT Manager, Wansbroughs

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Why choose PGI?

PGI is a leading provider of the government-backed Cyber Essentials certification scheme, helping hundreds of businesses 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.

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