Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme

Cyber Essentials

We offer self-assessment services as a Cyber Essentials Scheme (CES) Certification Body and are recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Essentials Partner, IASME.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry supported scheme designed to reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chains. As a recognised Certification Body (CB), we can provide a full range of CES and IASME services, including self-assessment, assisted services, CES PLUS and IASME assessments.


Understanding Cyber Essentials

The Cyber Essentials scheme defines a set of five technical controls that are independently assessed before your business can achieve Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials PLUS certification:

Boundary firewalls and internet gateways


Secure configuration


Access control


Malware protection


Patch management


Presuming these five controls are properly implemented and maintained, organisations can operate with a baseline level of assurance that their systems are protected from the most prevalent online and cyber threats.

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Cyber Essentials Certification

A focused set of technical controls to provide cost effective, basic cyber security protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.

Cyber Essentials PLUS Certification

A natural progression from the independently verified self-assessment assurance activities implemented as part of Cyber Essentials. Cyber Essentials PLUS offers a higher level of assurance of your organisation’s cyber security defences through a range of internal and external tests of your network and computers.


Did You Know?

The UK Government made the Cyber Essentials scheme mandatory for central government contracts advertised after 1 October 2014, which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services.

4Secure Cyber Essentials Services

Cyber Essentials provides organisations of all sizes and in all sectors with a set of technical controls that provide cost-effective, basic cyber security protection. Implementation of these controls can significantly reduce your cyber security risk profile.

Achieving CES certification for your business is a great steppingstone and can help you achieve certification against standards such as IASME, ISO27001 and PCI DSS in the future.

As an IASME and Cyber Essentials Scheme Certification Body, we can offer a full range of services, including:

CES Assisted Assessment

Some of the Cyber Essentials self-assessment questions can be difficult to understand if you do not have a technical IT background or you have a complex company structure.

But, don’t worry that’s what our 4Secure trained assessors are here for. They will be able to guide you through the assessment questions, nurturing you through the process. We will always explain to you how these questions relate to your company and what steps you need to take in order to achieve certification.

From £995+ VAT


CES PLUS Assessment

Cyber Essentials PLUS certification provides a more robust assessment of your organisation’s controls and considers how effectively they are implemented and maintained to help defend against Internet-borne threats.

The aim is to identify opportunistically exploitable vulnerabilities within your organisation’s internet-facing infrastructure and end-point devices, which have a high-level of exposure to potential hackers with a relatively low level of skill.

The full CES PLUS testing scope can be found within the scheme’s Illustrative Test Specification. The core areas of focus are:


External Facing Website & Services


Boundary & Firewall Protection


Internal Network Vulnerabilities


End User Devices


Access & Privilege Management

Our Cyber Essentials PLUS Assessment services include certification fees, internal and external vulnerability scans, and on-site assessment and consultancy advice.

From £1,395+Vat*

This service is suitable for one site and one network with less than 25 users. Please note that you must achieve CES certification before you can be assessed for CES PLUS.


For further information regarding Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus terms and conditions between 4Secure and The IASME Consortium Limited, please click the link.

Request a Quote

To find out more about this service and how it can enhance your protection against cyber security threats by talking with one of our cyber security specialists. Simply call us on 0800 043 0101 or provide a few details in the form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.


Registered Charity Discounts

At 4Secure, we are committed to encouraging a wide array of businesses to achieve Cyber Essentials certification

In acknowledgement of the tremendous work done by all UK Registered Charities to helping some of the most vulnerable areas of our society, we offer organisations a 10% discount on new Cyber Essentials PLUS certifications:

CES PLUS Assessment:

£1215 (saving £135)
Please note, discounts are available for NEW CES Plus certification assessments and are offered to UK Registered Charities. All other standard terms and conditions relating to Cyber Essentials offerings apply.


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