Tailored Cyber Essentials Certification Solutions

Ingenio Technologies has been supplying businesses across multiple sectors with tailored Cyber Essentials solutions that are hassle-free and cost-effective since the NCSC launched the scheme in 2014. 

Ingenio Technologies is the only Cyber Essentials expert you need to work with. Our friendly, professional, and accommodating team will take you through the process of certification – whether it’s Cyber Essentials certification or Cyber Essentials plus certification – tailoring a complete solution according to your business circumstances.

"The Ingenio Team helped us with our Cyber Essentials Certification in 2023, and we have had the opportunity to work with them again this year. Ed, George and Cameron have been absolutely amazing throughout the process, from beginning to end. From overall planning to day-to-day tasks, from a strategic guidance to specific matters, all aspects of the technical and non-technical service and support we have received was at the highest quality."
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What is ‘Cyber Essentials’ for UK businesses?

Understanding Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government-backed scheme which is also supported industry-wide, helping businesses protect themselves from cyber-attacks. Cyber Essentials outlines the basic controls organisations must have in place to protect themselves against such attacks.

By getting Cyber Essentials certification, you are essentially taking the first step towards a more secure network, where you’ll be protected against at least 80% of basic or common cyber security breaches.

Furthermore, once you are Cyber Essentials certified, you can showcase your credentials to create better trust with your clientele, as it will show your organisation as someone who takes cyber security very seriously.

Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus explained

Cyber Essentials is a foundation-level certification which provides a statement outlining basic controls your organisation must have in place in order to mitigate common or everyday cyber threats.

Cyber Essentials Plus is the highest level of certification you can get under the NCSC Cyber Essentials scheme. It is a far more rigorous test of your cyber security systems. Our team of Cyber Essentials experts will perform vulnerability tests to ensure that you are completely protected against basic hacking & phishing attacks.

Why businesses must become Cyber Essentials Certified in this day and age

Cyber threats are increasing with each passing day; Cyber Essentials certification has become critically important. It shows that your business takes a very cautious and proactive stance against hacking, phishing, and other malicious attacks which can compromise organisational data. Not only that, but it acts as a mechanism to clearly demonstrate to investors, insurers, customers, stakeholders, etc. that you have taken the bare minimum measures necessary to protect your business against a variety of common cyber threats.

Benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification

The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has stated that getting Cyber Essentials certification and implementing even just one, if not all five of the controls, can protect businesses against a good 80% of attacks, on average.

Now that you know “What are Cyber Essentials” and “What are Cyber Essentials Plus”, consider some of the benefits of getting certified:

  • A great way of reassuring clients and stakeholders that you are proactively working to keep your IT network secure against cyber-attacks – information leaking into the wrong hands can have devastating effects on a company’s market standing, revenues, and reputation, often leading to closure.
  • Attract more new clients and business with the assurance that you have the appropriate cyber security measures in place – this ensures that you are able to build a high level of trust and integrity with new clients from day one.
  • Get a clearer bird’s eye view of your organisation’s current cyber security level – an important step that will allow you to make prompt decisions in the event that you see an imminent or potential risk of cyber threats/attacks.
  • Certain Government contracts require Cyber Essentials and at the minimum, Cyber Essentials Plus certification – if you’re engaged in Government contractual work, then you will always have the peace of mind knowing that your organisation is trusted and held in high regard, boosting your organisational reputation and increasing the chances of more contractual work down the line.
  • Demonstrate to all parties you are working with that you have firm control over your business network security.
  • Promote your ongoing commitment to cyber security.
  • Protect your business from data theft.
  • Ultimately, drive better business efficiency and enjoy more cost-savings

As hackers become more sophisticated and continue to adapt to counter-hacking measures, it’s become even more important to push cyber security high on the priority scale. There’s no better time than now to become certified for Cyber Essentials and, ultimately, Cyber Essentials Plus.

No matter how big or small your organisation is, you can never rule out the possibility of being a cyber attack target. However small-medium businesses (SMEs) and microbusinesses including suppliers and third party vendors, are even more prone to cyber security breaches. This means that as a decision maker, you must constantly evaluate your threat profile and be proactive in determining how likely you are to be a target for a hacker or cyber criminal. As such, the appropriate strategies need to be in place and Cyber Essentials is a step in the right direction.

Getting started: 3 easy steps to get certified

Getting Cyber Essentials certified with us is really simple and straightforward:

  1. We meet and understand the why behind your need for Cyber Essentials
  2. You sign a proposal detailing the steps to successful completion
  3. Our experts will meet with you regularly to get the information needed to guarantee you a pass

Both the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus assessments must be done by technical experts who are well-versed in the subject. We are a proven provider of both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus, helping you get the certification quickly, cost-effectively, and hassle-free.

We’re also a small business based in Sussex, so we understand the challenges small businesses face all too well. After analysing your system for vulnerabilities, our team will come up with a clear action plan, including a template policy pack that will ensure that you pass the certification. We will make multiple submissions until you pass (at no extra cost) and get you £75,000 of free cyber insurance when you pass and obtain certification.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cyber Essentials certification is a government-backed scheme that helps organisations implement basic security controls to protect themselves against common cyber threats.

Cyber Essentials is a self-assessment questionnaire, while Cyber Essentials Plus involves additional testing and verification of security measures by an independent certification body. CE Plus indicates that you take security seriously.

The certification process involves completing a self-assessment questionnaire to demonstrate compliance with security controls outlined in the Cyber Essentials scheme. Ingenio Technologies will walk you through the questionnaire, gathering the information required to ensure you pass the technical controls. 

Common cyber threats include malware, phishing attacks, ransomware, and DDoS attacks targeting vulnerabilities in an organisation’s network.  Basic cyber hygiene is the outcome of passing Cyber Essentials, so when you achieve certification, you secure your organisation against cyber threats.

Implementing Cyber Essentials demonstrates a commitment to cyber security and helps protect your organisation from cyber-attacks.  IT also assists in identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in your network, implementing security controls, and raising awareness about cyber security measures.

The certification process is overseen by the UK Government through the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Suppliers, such as us, play a crucial role in cyber security by ensuring we meet the necessary security standards to protect our own organisation and our clients. The NCSC wants MSPs like Ingenio Technologies to secure the nation’s businesses in Brighton, Sussex, and beyond. Ingenio Technologies will walk you through the self-assessment questionnaires, help organisations evaluate their current security posture, identify weaknesses, and take steps to improve their cyber security measures.

Obtaining CE is also an IT audit, an essential part of cyber security.  Once you identify your risk, you can start putting measures in place to combat any applicable threats. for example, if you are in a highly regulated sector, you will require more robust security than perhaps a chain of bakers; both require a basic level of security, but the regulated sector business simply requires more as they are more of a target.


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