Cyber Essentials is the UK Government-backed certification scheme to help organisations guard against the most common cyber threats.

How good is your cybersecurity hygiene?

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective scheme that will help you to protect your organisation against a range of the most common cyber-attacks.

The framework is based around five basic security controls:

  • Securing your Internet connection.
  • Securing your devices and software
  • Controlling access to your data and services
  • Protection from viruses and other malware
  • Keeping your devices and software up to date

Note: See information below on the changes coming in on Jan 24th 2022.

Key benefits:

  • Helps manage the risk from the most common cyber-attacks.
  • Recommended by the ICO as a ‘good starting point’ for GDPR compliance.
  • Provides a recognised assurance certification required for UK government tender responses.
  • Different certification options available depending on your requirements (Cyber Essentials / Cyber Essentials +).
  • Low cost (from £300 for self-assessment).


Cyphra is a Cyber Essentials Certification Body and provides services that will help support your business in achieving Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials + certifications.

Cyber Essentials Cyber Security Gold Partners Belfast

For more information  
Find out more from the NCSC Cyber Essentials website.

Changes in 2022 to the Cyber Essentials Scheme:

On January 24th 2022, some of the technical control requirements for Cyber Essentials will change in line with recommended security updates. This evolution of Cyber Essentials allows UK businesses to continue to raise the bar for their cyber security.

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