Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus: Elevating Your Cybersecurity Standards


In the digital age, safeguarding sensitive data is paramount. The threat landscape is ever-evolving, and businesses need more than just the basic defenses. Enter Cyber Essentials Plus: an advanced, government-backed certification that ensures organizations are well-equipped to thwart sophisticated cyber threats.


Understanding Cyber Essentials Plus:

Cyber Essentials Plus builds upon the foundational certification of Cyber Essentials, delving deeper into cybersecurity measures, and integrating hands-on testing to validate the robustness of your organization's systems.

Hands-on Vulnerability Testing: Unlike the basic Cyber Essentials certification which is based on self-assessment, the Plus version involves actual penetration testing and vulnerability scans, providing real-world insights into potential gaps in your defenses.

End-to-end Security Review: From firewalls and internet gateways to patch management and malware protection, Cyber Essentials Plus covers a wider spectrum, offering a holistic approach to cybersecurity.

Why Opt for Cyber Essentials Plus?

  • Robustness Against Threats: Achieving the certification gives confidence that your defenses will withstand most common cyber threats.
  • Increase Business Opportunities: Many organizations mandate Cyber Essentials Plus certification before engaging in business, especially in sectors dealing with sensitive data.
  • Reassure Clients: Displaying the Cyber Essentials Plus badge is a testament to your commitment to cybersecurity, assuring clients that their data is in safe hands.

Requirements for Certification:

Achieving the Cyber Essentials Plus certification requires organizations to:

  • Implement specific technical controls.
  • Successfully undergo external vulnerability assessments.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to ongoing cybersecurity awareness and training.

We'll delve deeper into these requirements in the subsequent sections.:

1. Setting the Foundation with Cyber Essentials:

Before diving into Cyber Essentials Plus, organizations must first attain the basic Cyber Essentials certification. This ensures you have foundational cybersecurity measures in place, like:

  • Use of firewalls to secure internet connections.
  • Secure configuration of devices and software.
  • Controlled access to data.
  • Regular patching of systems.
  • Malware protection mechanisms.

2. Enhanced Technical Controls:

Beyond the basics, Cyber Essentials Plus demands:

  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for critical systems.
  • Regular backups that are encrypted and stored securely.
  • Advanced malware and intrusion detection systems.
  • Strict access controls, ensuring data is only accessible to those who truly need it.

3. Undergoing the Assessment:

To earn the Cyber Essentials Plus badge:

  • Penetration testing and vulnerability scans are carried out. If vulnerabilities are identified, they need to be rectified before certification is granted.
  • The testing is rigorous, spanning various devices, platforms, and locations, ensuring comprehensive coverage.
  • Upon completion, ProCheckUp will issue an official Cyber Essentials certificate.

4. Maintaining Your Certification:

  • Cyber Essentials Plus certification is valid for 12 months, post which a reassessment is necessary.
  • Regular cybersecurity audits, updates, and employee training sessions ensure you remain compliant and secure.
  • Organizations are encouraged to be proactive, always staying ahead of emerging threats.
    Beyond Certification: Securing a Resilient Future:

Achieving Cyber Essentials Plus is more than just a badge; it's a commitment. It signifies that an organization not only understands the current threats but is also prepared for future challenges. With cyber threats becoming more sophisticated, this certification provides a roadmap for resilience, trust, and growth.


In a world where data breaches and cyberattacks make regular headlines, Cyber Essentials Plus provides a beacon of trust and security. It's not just about protecting data; it's about safeguarding reputation, building client trust, and ensuring a secure future in an interconnected digital landscape.

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