​Cyber Essentials

Protect your business against cyber threats

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.

GCC can assist you in becoming Cyber Essentials ready and guide you through the examination and audit process. We can offer IT solutions that cover the main Cyber Essentials criteria, Boundary Firewalls, Patch Management, Malware Protection, Secure Configuration and Access management.

​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 valuable 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

  • Protect your organisation against common cyber threats
  • Show your customers you take this issue seriously
  • Enable you to bid for Government contracts.

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:

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

​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.

Cyber Essentials Free downloads

For more information about Cyber Essentials, please see the Cyber Essentials Scheme Summary.

The Cyber Essentials Requirements document presents important guidance on the most basic technical controls an organisation needs to have in place.

The Cyber Essentials Assurance Framework explains how the independent assessment process works and the different levels of assessment, to enable your organisation to choose which is appropriate. It also provides guidance for security professionals carrying out the assessments.

The Cyber Essentials tri-fold leaflet contains more details about the scheme. It can be printed for information or promotional purposes.

The Cyber Essentials A5 leaflet contains industry comments about the scheme. It can be printed for information or promotional purposes.

Self-Assessment Questionnaire

​Cyber Essentials sets out five security controls to protect your organisation against the most common cyber threats. Complete the quick form below and a GCC Consultant will contact you giving you an idea of how you measure up. You can then decide whether to apply for one of the Cyber Essentials badges.