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

Cyber Essentials Certification


Win Government Contracts

To win government contracts your organisation must hold a cyber essentials certification. If you’re looking for government contracts you must be committed to cyber security.

Enhanced Cyber Security

 By certifying you will show you have successfully demonstrated that you 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, providing 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.

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 for organisations and opens new business opportunities. CS Risk Management is a certification body which means our consultants can work with you to achieve certification and will award you your Cyber Essentials certificate if you pass.

Cyber Essentials Packages

Cyber Essentials Self-Assessment


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

Assisted Cyber Essentials Self-Assessment


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


Cyber Essentials Plus

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

Download your free preparation pack!

Download your copy of the self-assessment preparation pack 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 to start capturing your responses in preparation for submitting your self-assessment.
  • Booklet versions of the Cyber Essentials self-assessment questions you can use to prepare for certification.
  • Cyber Essentials further guidance and technical control requirements booklet.

The 5 security controls covered by Cyber Essentials...

1. 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 network.

2. Secure configuration

Secure configuration

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

3. Control User Access

control user access

To minimize damage that can be done in event of an account being stolen staff should only have access to software, settings or services 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 your organisation are using are kept up to date at all times such as 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

4C Strategies identified Cyber Essentials Certification as critical in demonstrating our commitment to cyber security to our client base. We recognised the provision of the relevant expertise as essential to guide us through the process and hence engaged CS Risk Management.
CS Risk Management completed our self-assessment, which we were able to review and sign off, and then facilitated the certification. From our end, the whole process was quick and painless. We re-accredited with CS Risk Management again this year and the process was, once again, quick and easy, taking less than 24 hours from start to certification. We would not hesitate to recommend CS Risk Management.

Dave Mailer
Director, 4C Strategies

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