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Cyber Essentials is an industry supported certification scheme developed by the UK Government. The certification scheme provides criteria for organisations to measure their cyber-security systems against. Achieving certification in Cyber Essentials therefore inspires confidence and reassurance through objective proof - that the certified organisation has covered the essential cyber security precautions.

To develop Cyber Essentials - the Government has worked with Information Assurance for Small & Medium Enterprises (IASME), Information Security Forum (ISF) and the British Standards Institute (BSI) to ensure Cyber Essentials certification is one of the most contemporary, comprehensive and innovative cyber security options available - aligned with current cyber security best practice. Cyber Essentials utilizes the Government's 10 Steps to Cyber Security and The Assurance Framework to enable certified organisations to have the utmost confidence in their ability to reduce the risks posed by cyber based threats.  Since October 2014 Cyber Essentials certification is mandatory for organisations looking to acquire certain government contracts that involve the handling of sensitive information and delivering particular ICT products or services.

Achieving Cyber Essentials has the added benefit of facilitating Cyber Insurance. When an organisation with a turnover under £20,000,000 achieves Cyber Essentials certification, they automatically qualify for a Cyber Insurance policy; terms apply. APMG and its Certification Bodies have partnered with Elmore Insurance Brokers to deliver Cyber Insurance to certified companies.

APMG offers two levels of Cyber Essentials certification - Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus


Find a Certification Body

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus require an independent Certification Body to verify and assess an organisation's cyber security controls before certification can be awarded. For further information on Cyber Essentials Plus please call APMG’s Service Desk on +44 (0) 1494 452450

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Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is the standard level of certification - it is awarded upon completing a verified self-assessment. An organisation certified in Cyber Essentials can be confident that its basic cyber security controls have been implemented correctly. This level of Cyber Essentials certification is a low cost option for organisations of any size that seek basic cyber security assurance.

Key features

  • Provides your organisation with assurance that its basic cyber security controls have been implemented correctly
  • Your organisation completes a self-assessment against Government Cyber Essentials Requirements
  • Completed self-assessment is verified by independent Certification Body to confirm controls standards have been met


Cyber Essentials Plus

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Cyber Essentials Plus is an advanced level certification building upon the foundations laid by the basic Cyber Essentials certification. Cyber Essentials Plus certification provides a more concrete assessment of whether an organisation’s controls are sufficient to protect against a variety of internet-based cyber security threats. Standard Cyber Essentials certification is required to apply for Cyber Essentials Plus.

Key features

  • An intensive independent assessment of your organisation’s implemented cyber security controls
  • Independent Certification Body confirms that your organisation is prepared to defend against internet-based threats
  • Provides high-level assurance of cyber security preparedness through use of processes such as vulnerability testing and cyber-attack scenarios