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Cyber Essentials certifications

A government backed scheme to help you protect your business against the most common cyber-attacks

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Cyber Essentials is easy to implement and can help prevent over 80% of all cyber-attacks. Since 2014, we have helped hundreds of businesses achieve Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications.

Essential protection for every organisation

What are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?

The aim of the Cyber Essentials certifications is 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

We have prepared a shareable PDF which you can download here: Gain your Cyber Essentials certifications with PGI

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

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

Basic Cyber Essentials, plus:

An independent 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 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, such as suppliers, insurance providers, IT/security staff, and Board level management.

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Our clients have said

Mat Oakly

We engaged PGI to conduct a range of penetration tests, including Web Application and External and Internal infrastructure, and to help us achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus certification. It was a very successful engagement and we hope to work with PGI again in the future as the team was very easy to communicate and work with. They were able to accommodate our very specific requirements and worked closely with us to find the right solutions to not only secure us further, but also minimise the impact on our team.

Mat Oakley Business Systems Analyst, Softbox Systems
Eric Conway

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, fitted into our office environment without hindrance and was very thorough. We now have every confidence in our IT policy and the security of our data and practices.

Eric Conway Operations Director, Fides Enterprise Solutions Limited
Paul Humphreys

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.

Paul Humphreys Head of Business Systems, Enigma Industrial Services
Rachel Slawin

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.

Rachael Slawin Commercial Business Manager, Jobseekers Recruitment Services

We have engaged the services of PGI on multiple occasions to help us take our clients through the Cyber Essentials Accreditation. We find them to be advisory, communicative, and collaborative ensuring that a sometimes-demanding process is made far easier and expeditious. The PGI team is extremely helpful and work closely with us to achieve the best results.

Tristan Nind

Pricing and options - which one 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

• 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

• 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 review of your infrastructure.

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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 businesses across the UK to improve their processes and demonstrate a commitment to cyber security.

Our multi-disciplined team understand how information security and cyber security 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.

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