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Protect your organisation against 80% of common cyber attacks and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security with our Cyber Essentials Consultants

Cyber Essentials Certification

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Protect your organisation against 80% of common cyber attacks and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security

Cyber Essentials Certification


Benefits of Cyber Essentials

Win Government Contracts

To win government contracts your organisation must hold a cyber essentials certification. If you're looking to sell and provide services to the public sector you must prove you are committed to cyber security.

Enhanced Cyber Security

By gaining Cyber Essentials accreditation you will show you have successfully demonstrated that you proactively defend yourself against 80% of cyber attacks and reduce the risk of common cyber threats.

Increased Credibility

Show your commitment to protecting your own data and that of your customers and clients, to build reassurance and give your organisation a better reputation.

Free Cyber Insurance Cover

Completing the Cyber Essentials certification through us means you could be eligible for free Cyber Insurance cover, saving you up to £25,000 and helping to protect your business in the digital age.

Download your free Cyber Essentials preparation pack!

Download your copy of the Cyber Essentials questionnaire and requirements to give you everything you need to prepare for your self-assessment submission.

What you get as part of this free download:

  • Excel worksheet with the Cyber Essentials self-assessment questions you can use as a template to start capturing your responses in preparation for submitting your self-assessment.
  • Printable Booklet versions of the Cyber Essentials self-assessment checklist questions you can use to prepare for certification.
  • Cyber Essentials further guidance and technical control requirements booklet.

    What is Cyber Essentials?

    Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed scheme which is designed to protect organisations of any size or sector from 80% of common cyber threats. The Cyber Essentials scheme covers 5 main technical controls which are designed to protect; your organisations’ devices, internet connection, data, and services. The certification provides many benefits as it tightens cyber security within an organisation and opens new business opportunities, providing your organisation with a competitive advantage.

    CS Risk Management is a certification body which means our cyber security consultants will work with you to achieve the Cyber Essentials certification from start to finish. There are 2 levels to certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. Our consultants will provide you with full-support and guidance throughout the process, and will issue you your Cyber Essentials certificate, if you obtain a pass.

    Cyber Essentials Packages

    CS Risk offer three kinds of Cyber Essentials compliance assessments to help your business get Cyber Essentials certified. Choose a straightforward self assessment for quick Cyber Essentials accreditation at a flat rate of £310. For Cyber Essentials guidance and an in depth analysis of the areas to improve to gain certification by one of our Cyber Essentials consultants, choose the supported option. Or if you're bidding for advanced government contracts and require an on-site vulnerability scan and report of all major non-compliance areas, choose Cyber Essentials Plus.

    Cyber Essentials Self-Assessment


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    Straightforward online self-assessment process

    Protect your organisation from up to 80% of IT security breaches

    3-5 working day assessment turnaround time

    We will provide you with additional expertise if necessary 

    Electronic compliance report and certificate if you obtain a pass

    Free Cyber Liability Insurance

    *Subject to eligibility

    Supported Cyber Essentials Self-Assessment


    Assisted Cyber Essentials

    Face-to-face or video conference meeting to highlight gaps you need to address to be compliant with the scheme

    Protect your organisation from up to 80% of IT security breaches

    Expert advice from our dedicated Cyber Essentials team

    Support to answer all self-assessment questions

    Electronic compliance report and certificate if you obtain a pass

    Free Cyber Liability Insurance

    *Subject to eligibility

    Cyber Essentials Plus


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    On-site security vulnerability assessment by our experienced external auditors

    Meet security requirements of advanced government contracts

    Includes cyber essentials self assessment

    We will issue you a report of our findings highlighting any major scheme non-compliances

    Full assessment report and cyber essentials plus certificate issued

    Free Cyber Liability Insurance

    *Subject to eligibility

    Learn more about Cyber Essentials: The 5 security controls.

    1. Use of Firewalls


    You should use a firewall to protect your internet connection. This is so that incoming traffic can be analysed to establish whether or not it should be allowed onto your organisaton’s network.

    2. Secure configuration

    Secure configuration

    Ensure you are choosing the most secure settings on your new devices and software. You can start by simply removing accounts or services which you do not use within your business. Passwords which are considered hard for others to guess are an effective way to prevent unauthorised individuals from accessing your devices.

    3. Control User Access

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    To minimize damage that can be done in event of an account being stolen, employees should only have access to software, settings or services that they need to perform their job role. Administrator privileges should only been given to those that need them.

    4. Anti-Malware


    Malicious software can find its way onto a computer by opening an infected email or even browsing unsafe websites. Anti-malware approaches should be used such as an anti virus software, or limiting the applications allowed on staff devices.

    5. Patching

    Patching cyber essentials

    It is important that any devices within your organisation are kept up to date at all times. This entails regular updates on operating systems or installed apps. Developers regularly release updates to fix security vulnerabilities.

    Why trust us?...

    Over 200 certificates issued

    Many of our clients re-certify
    with us each year

    Certification body for cyber essentials
    since the scheme was launched in 2014

    Delivered by an award-winning team
    of security professionals

    What our customers are saying...

    “We engaged CS Risk Management to make the Cyber Essentials process easy and they did just that.  The workshop session was invaluable to enable us to understand what was mandatory and what was less important but good practice. Maritz could not have been more helpful.  He readily understood our set-up, took a pragmatic view,  and assisted us focus on the relatively small number of items that needed attention. He guided us through the process and responded to all queries quickly (and patiently).  The result being that when we eventually submitted our declaration for certification it was processed and approved within 24 hours.  I have no hesitation in recommending CS Risk Management.  Thank you.”


    Dave Mailer

    Director - 4C Strategies

    “The UK Government Scheme of Cyber Essentials offers a rigorous way to independently look at both the Physical and Logical controls of the IT. IASME offer the small and medium enterprises both cost effective and good value for money methods to undertake the necessary checks at a frequency that is not a burden. It is a very useful exercise as the business gets direct feedback if anything needs to be addressed or sorted prior to certification for the good of the company and its’ customers. CS Risk Management offered for us the right skills and aptitude to assess a complex business like ours and we have been pleased for the last five years in every interaction, advice and audits they have done on our Cyber Essentials Certification.”


    Andrew D-M.

    Chief Technical Officer / Director Special Projects - ADM Shine Technologies

    “CS Risk Management recently completed our cyber essentials certification and made the process as simple and pain-free as possible from start to finish. CS Risk provided a professional service and I would be happy to recommend. Thank you.”


    Richard J. Grant

    Principal and Director of Information Technology - Thorton Tomasetti

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