Are you protected from common internet-based threats?
Threats like malware infections, phishing and opportunistic hacking are becoming more common. Demonstrating good practice in information security not only reduces the risk of cyber attacks, but reassures staff and customers that your organisation takes cyber security seriously.
Cyber Essentials is a UK Government-backed scheme which outlines the minimum baseline standard for cyber security. It’s an independently verified self-assessment certification that your organisation needs to renew annually.
Costs range from £300 plus VAT (depending on your organisation size). Your organisation must hold a valid Cyber Essentials certificate throughout the duration of any further certifications.
Certification will give your organisation peace of mind that your defences are protected against the majority of common cyber attacks.
What are the advantages of Cyber Essentials?
Covering the following five technical areas, Cyber Essentials is a set of questions that assess your existing systems and controls. It is designed for SMEs and backed by the UK Government.
- Reduces the risk of internet-based attacks, malware attacks, and email phishing attempts
- Cost-effectively demonstrates that your organisation is taking action to control risks – a key step towards GDPR compliance that is recognised by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
- Meets the pre-requisite for most MoD, Government and public sector contracts
- Entitles you to free cyber liability insurance up to £25,000*
- Sends a strong message to customers and staff that you take the protection of their data seriously
*If your turnover is less than £20M
Assisted Cyber Essentials support
RightCue Assurance also offers an assisted self-certification consultancy service with a fast turnaround. This service is useful for urgent certification requirements.
If you choose our assisted service, our certified Cyber Essentials assessors will guide your IT team (whether they are in-house or outsourced) through the self-assessment process. Our expert advice will ensure you meet the requirements of the scheme.
The benefits of our assisted service include a one hour introduction call to:
- Familiarise you with the process
- Walk you through all the questions
- Provide you with email support to answer any further queries
- Conduct a final review before you submit the questionnaire online
Micro organisations (0 - 9 employees)
Small organisations (10 - 49 employees)
Medium organisations (50 - 249 employees)
Cyber Essentials Plus
Cyber Essentials Plus is an independent technical audit of your organisation’s systems to verify that the correct cyber essentials controls are in place. This includes a representative set of user devices, all internet gateways and all servers with services accessible to unauthenticated internet users. Your assessor will test a random sample of these systems.
Your organisation needs to complete a Cyber Essentials Plus audit within three months of your ‘basic’ certification, and this also requires annual certification.
If you are interested in finding out more about Cyber Essentials Plus certification and the process, please get in touch by completing the form to discover how we can assist you.
What our clients think
“We began looking at how to get ISO 27001 certification and CSA Star Level 2. After an extensive search it became clear that while many companies stated they could deliver both, RightCue was the only business that met our requirements.
“The RightCue team were instrumental in the process – to be blunt, if there was no RightCue, we wouldn’t have been able to do this. Their knowledge of controls was outstanding, and they really understood our business.”
IMRAN MUSAWI . SOLIDATUS
“We were keen to develop our IT security to the next level so we could expand our client base as well as giving existing clients further peace of mind. Working with RightCue has been a total pleasure. They are just lovely people and to us they are not only trusted advisors but they feel like part of our extended team.
"Working with RightCue has supported our growth as a business and given us the reassurance we need, knowing that our security and data protection is well developed and managed - that's thanks to RightCue.”
JANINE BISHUN . ACASTER LLOYD CONSULTING LTD
“In early 2021, the ATI established the FlyZero project, with ambitious targets and timeframes. RightCue were involved from the start, contributing ideas and sustainable solutions to keep the project data secure.
“RightCue are so supportive and helpful. They operate almost as a virtual CIO and worked with me on a long-term strategy for IT and security to ensure it remains fit for purpose as the business continues to grow.”
ANN DYSIEWICZ . AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
“Beyond the accreditations, RightCue have caused us to think harder. To develop a maturity for our cyber security – processes and ideas for the future, and to think beyond IT to the business implications. Would I work with RightCue again? Absolutely, without hesitation…’
DAVID BATHO . EXETER COLLEGE
“RightCue helped us to achieve our cyber security accreditations including Cyber Essentials and IASME. But it’s more than that - the protection and management of data is now very much at the centre of our business.
“The RightCue team are absolute stars. Nothing is too much trouble. if you need help with cyber security, you can’t go wrong with RightCue.”
DAN CURTIS-ALLEN . FROST & SULLIVAN
"The team at Rightcue worked very closely with our internal team on our ISO27001 accreditation. They were extremely thorough and rigorous throughout the process, they acted professionally at all times and guided us through each step of the way to attain ISO27001. I would recommend Rightcue to help you achieve your security accreditations.”
SIMON ADAMS . PRD TECHNOLOGIES LTD
"They don’t just do the job and leave. They are at the end of the phone and happy to advise and engage at any time if you need them. If you’re considering Cyber Essentials accreditation, I’d definitely recommend RightCue.”
PAUL AUGUSTUS . ROWANS HOSPICE
"Whilst going for a computer security accreditation is never easy, the team at RightCue made it as painless as possible. They were clearly very knowledgeable and as helpful as they could be, given their role as a certification body…”
RAY SMITH . MUSKETEER SOLUTIONS LTD
“There is no doubt working with RightCue saved me a hell of a lot of time. I didn’t have to spend ages researching solutions. I would say RightCue are a very dependable resource, and are reassuringly competent. A good choice if you’re looking to acquire security accreditations…’
BEN COPE . CREATE IT
“We have been hugely impressed with the team at RightCue. They are very approachable and incredibly knowledgeable...Achieving those accreditations was so much easier, by working with an experienced and accomplished team of professionals, such as RightCue…’
SHELLEY HAWLEY . STALIS
“Having confidence in recommending them to our clients has allowed us to concentrate on playing to our strengths.
All of the RightCue team are very helpful and very willing to go the extra mile. They are very committed to delivering a good service, and that’s why we are always happy to refer them.”
PAUL LLOYD . LLOYD TECHNOLOGY
Get in touch
Contact us to find out how our team of our certified Cyber Essentials assessors can support your organisation to get Cyber Essentials certified.