Cyber Essentials certifications

A simple approach to protecting your business
against the most common cyber-attacks

Protect data. Win tenders. Gain confidence.

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

About Cyber Essentials

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:

Advanced Functionality

Secure connections to
the internet

Risk Management

Secure devices and

Risk Management

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?

Cyber Essentials benefits

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

Risk Management

  • 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.

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?
Why would I need Cyber Essentials Plus?

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 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?

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

Cyber Essentials

Recommended for businesses that need a starting framework for their cybersecurity.

This is a quick, non-disruptive, self-assessment option allowing you to demonstrate a basic level of commitment to cyber security, and act on the helpful advice and feedback given by the PGI team.

We don't charge extra if you need assistance with completing your self-assessment.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus

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.


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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Cyber Essentials knowledge hub

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are the most basic form of security any business can obtain in order to help guard you against frequent cyber threats. The resources below will assist in keeping your organisation safe and compliant.

Products & resources

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Cyber Essentials Brochure

Take a look at our Cyber Essentials brochure and save for offline usage.

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Cyber Essentials NSCS advice

The top five technical tips to keep secure by the National Cyber Security Centre

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Expert assistance on implementation of government requires for personal data

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Blog posts

10 Steps to Cyber Security Part
1 of 2

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The choice between Cyber Essentials and
ISO 27001

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