Cyber Essentials Plus provides the next step in digital security for your business without breaking the bank. In order to achieve this certification, you’ll have to already have obtained the self-certified Cyber Essentials award, and you have three months to then complete Cyber Essentials Plus. We’ve helped many companies achieve both certifications and limit their risk of falling victim to cybercrime.
The Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus schemes are UK government initiatives to protect businesses large and small against online threats. The National Cyber Security Centre developed them as an essential framework to ensure that your IT system is up to date and secure at all times. Anyone can attempt to achieve these certifications for their company, but you only get one chance, so failure is costly. Most companies will benefit from a helping hand with the procedure.
The cost of Cyber Essentials Plus
Cyber Essentials covers the most common cybersecurity issues, but organisations seeking a higher level of security should consider Cyber Essentials Plus. The certification process comprises a technical audit of your systems, an external vulnerability assessment, an internal scan and an on-site assessment.
The pricing for Cyber Essentials Plus with Forensic Control is tiered, based on the number of users an organisation has;
- £1,500 for up to 9 users
- £2,000 for between 10 and 49 users
- £2,750 for between 50 and 249 users
- £3,750 for 250 and over users
This includes the cost of your IASME certification and the assistance of dedicated professionals to ensure that you pass the first time. We’ve successfully certified over 100 applicants through Cyber Essentials Plus, from small organisations right up to large applicants such as The Church of England and Ofsted.
We will help you to prepare for the assessment, upon which your systems will be tested on the scheme’s five controls:
- Patch management
- Anti-malware software
- Access controls
- Network configurations
The costs of compliance are relatively low, but it does take expert knowledge to ensure that everything is up to scratch. There are no redos, and if you fail then you’ll be required to pay again. Here at Forensic Control, we won’t let that happen! We won’t let you submit anything until it’s ready.
Does Cyber Essentials certification expire?
Part of the effectiveness of Cyber Essentials is that it covers the most up-to-date protocols for cyber security. Your certification will expire after 12 months, and it’ll be time to renew again. We’ll give you a helping hand to help you pass again with flying colours.
The cost of not certifying
Data breaches are increasingly common in all kinds of business environments and cost organisations millions of pounds every year. SMEs are often the hardest hit, and may not be able to recover financially. Organisations that are certified under the Cyber Essentials scheme will prevent 80% of common cyber attacks – including those that tend to cause the most damage, such as malware and ransomware.
The scheme is so effective that the UK government requires all potential partners to have Cyber Essentials certification, and many other organisations expect the same as they prioritise effective information security throughout the supply chain.
The big question is Can you really afford not to be certified?
Do you need help achieving Cyber Essentials Plus certification?
We won’t overwhelm you with jargon, just offer workable solutions to minimise the risk of cyber threats. Forensic Control offers simple, step-by-step guidance to ensure that your business meets the required standards.