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Confused by the requirements of the Cyber Essentials scheme? We’ve got you covered.

How does the assessment process work?

The Cyber Essentials scheme was never meant to be the ‘be all end all’ when it comes to Cyber security solutions, it was designed in response to the Government's ‘10 steps to Cyber Security’ as a minimum standard of what every organisation can implement to protect themselves against the most basic and every day attacks. 

When you’re completing your application on the portal you will be prompted to complete the Cyber Essentials Illustrative questionnaire; the latest version of Cyber Essentials available from the NCSC.

If your questionnaire is satisfactory, your organisations’ certification is granted instantly. You can find help for completing the questions on our free download here or on the video series below.

How To fill out your Cyber Essentials questionnaire - Boundary Firewalls 1/5

What areas will the Cyber Essentials questionnaire cover?

The questions will cover the following areas:

  • Boundary Firewalls
  • Secure Configuration
  • Access Control
  • Patch Management
  • Password-Based authentication
  • Anti-Malware Software
  • Whitelisting
  • Sandboxing

We host the 40 Cyber Essentials questions for free on our online portal

Do I have to provide evidence to support my application?

Yes - applications will need to be supplied with some form of evidence for your assessor. Typical applications will include the following documents as evidence:

  • Password policy
  • IT policy
  • Network diagram

Further evidence may be required depending on your answers to the questions, but if you need more evidence our assessors will request this from you online.

How do I start?

You can begin the process by registering on our Cyber Essentials assessment portal. From here you can answer the questions, collaborate with colleagues and upgrade your application to Cyber Essentials plus.

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