Cyber Essentials Basic or Plus? Which One Fits Your Business

By now, many of you are likely acquainted with Cyber Essentials, the NCSC certification designed to ensure businesses adhere to data protection and cybersecurity standards, safeguarding against common online threats. Industry bodies, banks, and insurers are now increasingly demanding proof of Cyber Essentials certification from customers and suppliers as standard.

There are two levels of Cyber Essentials Certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. But what sets them apart?

Cyber Essentials: Cyber Essentials serves as the fundamental certification, showcasing your compliance through a verified self-assessment questionnaire. We review your responses and grant certification based on the adequacy of your answers. It’s a straightforward process aimed at providing a foundational level of cybersecurity assurance.

Cyber Essentials Plus: Cyber Essentials Plus offers a deeper level of scrutiny and assurance. With this certification, a dedicated member of our team conducts a comprehensive audit of your system, building upon your questionnaire responses to ensure an added layer of protection. This rigorous assessment provides peace of mind, knowing your system has undergone thorough scrutiny and has been signed off as compliant in its cybersecurity practices.

At Evolve North, we understand that businesses come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a large corporation or a one-man band, we can provide tailored advice and support to meet your specific needs. With our expertise, you can navigate the world of cybersecurity with confidence, knowing you have a trusted partner by your side.

Quote from our Managing Directory Mark:

“Cyber Essentials offers affordable protection against common cyber threats. It’s not a one-time investment; certification and must be renewed annually to stay ahead of evolving threats. Suitable for organisations of all sizes, it provides a baseline approach to cybersecurity. While not a silver bullet, it significantly reduces the likelihood of successful attacks by focusing on key areas like firewalls, access control, and malware protection.

“Cyber Essentials Plus takes protection a step further by conducting a thorough audit of your system, providing enhanced assurance and peace of mind. With thorough scrutiny and validation, it ensures that your cybersecurity measures are robust and effective against advanced threats, offering an added layer of security for your organisation.”

Ready to take the next step in securing your business? Reach out to us today on 01748 905 002 to explore your Cyber Essentials options and embark on the journey to enhanced cybersecurity.

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