Business Technology

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials seems to be everywhere, but what does it truly mean for your organisation? Read on to find out.


What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a UK government information/data assurance scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) that encourages organisations to adopt good practices surrounding data security. Cyber Essentials has been designed by the government to make it easy for you to protect your organisation against common cyber threats.

Threat reduction

Cyber Essentials is the standard to compare the current condition of your cybersecurity against. The aim is to reach the Cyber Essentials standard and, once this is done, achieve the Cyber Essentials certification. Most importantly, your business will have reduced your cyber threat immensely.

What we offer

Cyber Essentials doesn't have to be difficult (although it often seems to be). We can manage the process from start to finish, saving you the headache of getting everything together on your own, or support you through your own process.

  • Document templates

  • Consultation and support

  • Accreditation

  • Gap analysis


Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials Plus

Essentials Plus


We offer a range of solutions to suit any business, depending on what you need. With all of them you get:

  • Free cyber insurance
  • Certificate issued within 24 hours of passing
  • Logos supplied for use on website and collateral
  • 12 month certification
CyberEssentials Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials certification on your own terms. We'll provide the portal but you'll need to complete all the information and fix any issues.

Your responses will determine if you pass. In the event you fail you'll get another chance to re-submit.

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CyberEssentials Essentials Consult

SpiderGroup will help you to understand the questions and answer them.

We'll identify any gaps and make recommendations.

We'll complete the responses on your behalf and ensure you pass.

Start now from £1,160 >
CEP Essentials Plus

Your business must have passed Cyber Essentials within the past 90 days.

You will need to ensure you comply with the additional requirements.

We'll arrange an independent assessor to check you are compliant.

Start now from £1,199 >
CEP Plus Consult

Your business must have passed Cyber Essentials within the past 90 days.

SpiderGroup will help you comply with the additional requirements.

We'll arrange an independent assessor to check you are compliant.

Start now from £1,949 >

Why it is good for business

  • Cyber Essentials is a small investment for a long-term benefit for your company.
  • Customers are more likely to favour you over a competitor if you're certified, and they're not.
  • You're securing your business and securing future customers.
  • If you have a data breach and have taken no steps to protect your business, there can be a fine of up to 4% of your turnover from the ICO.
  • Cyber Essentials is ‘THE’ standard for cyber security for SMEs in the UK.
  • You'll be able to apply and bid for Government tenders.
  • Plus, you can promote your certification status on your website and social media.
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Protect your organisation from 80% of cyber attacks

Cyber Essentials protects your organisation from 80% of the cyber attacks using five controls.

  1. Boundary firewalls and internet gateways
  2. Secure configuration
  3. Access control
  4. Malware protection
  5. Patch management
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Cyber Essentials FAQs

  • Does Cyber Essentials expire?
    Cyber Essentials will require annual renewal and the amount you'd pay depends on your certification.

  • Why should I renew my Cyber Essentials?
    For the same reasons you chose to certify in the first place: To reduce your cyber threat by 80%. To benefit from the Cyber Essentials scheme. To understand your organisation's cyber security position.

  • Can I achieve Cyber Essentials Plus without Cyber Essentials?
    To be able to achieve Cyber Essentials Plus, you must first achieve Cyber Essentials.

  • FAQs continued

  • How do I become 100% secure?
    We'd all love to be 100% secure, unfortunately, this is impossible. The best thing you can do is guarantee 80% protection from cyber attacks and then look to invest in SOC and SIEM to bridge that gap.

  • We have great security tools already, why should I bother with Cyber Essentials?
    Tools are not cheap and you cannot guarantee you'll be safer with them. However with Cyber Essentials, you'll automatically reduce your cyber threat by 80% and it should be seen as a 'firststep' necessity. Think of tools as a supplement, they're beneficial for bridging the gap from 80% to 100% but they are not the main aspect of your cyber security.

  • How quickly can I become certified for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus?
    You can become certified within 24 hours for Cyber Essentials and you would need to upgrade to Cyber Essentials Plus within 3 months of achieving Cyber Essentials.