Protect your business against cyber threats

Protect your business against cyber threats

Nearly half of businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months.

Cyber criminals are after your money, your data and your intellectual property. If you haven’t taken steps to protect yourself, take action now. It’s easy to get good, basic protection in place with Cyber Essentials.

Assess how cyber secure your business is by using our quick self-assessment questionnaire.

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Cyber attacks cost organisations like yours thousands of pounds and cause lengthy periods of disruption. Do you have a plan for what you would do if your customer database was stolen, your website was forced offline, or you couldn’t access your email or business-critical data?

Cyber criminals don’t just attack banks and large companies - they target any organisation which isn’t properly protected, even small businesses - like yours.

The majority of cyber attacks exploit basic weaknesses in your IT systems and software. Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks. The scheme is designed by Government to make it easy for you to protect yourself.

Why should I get Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt your cashflow and take up staff time. An attack could also put off your customers, stop you trading and damage your hard-earned reputation. It could also be reported in the local media. Loss of data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.

Having a Cyber Essentials badge will

Since October 2014 Cyber Essentials has been mandatory for suppliers of Government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing some ICT products and services. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge enables you to bid for these contracts. Find out more here.


The Cyber Essentials badge allows your organisation to advertise that it meets a Government-endorsed standard.

There are two levels of badges that your organisation can apply for:
Cyber Essentials Badge
Cyber Essentials

Requires the organisation to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, with responses independently reviewed by an external certifying body.

Cyber Essentials Plus Badge
Cyber Essentials PLUS

This covers the same requirements as Cyber Essentials but tests of the systems are carried out by an external certifying body, using a range of tools and techniques.

The Cyber Essentials documents are FREE to download and any organisation can use them to put essential security controls in place. However, applying for a Cyber Essentials certificate will provide independent assurance that you have the protections correctly in place. You will also be able to display the Cyber Essentials badge to demonstrate to customers, partners and clients that you take cyber security seriously - boosting reputations and providing a competitive selling point.

Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Cyber Essentials sets out five security controls to protect your organisation against the most common cyber threats. Take this quick test to get an idea of how you measure up. You can then decide whether to apply for one of the Cyber Essentials badges.

Please note this questionnaire is an example of the questions asked in the formal assessment for Cyber Essentials. It will not save your answers.