Protection against Cyberthreats

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme to help businesses protect themselves against cyberthreats.

As our reliance on the internet increases, so do the opportunities for criminals and hackers to commit fraud, industrial espionage or the theft of intellectual property. Cyber Essentials defines a set of 5 key security controls which, when properly implemented, will better protect businesses – small and large – from attacks using software and techniques which are freely available on the open internet.

By adhering to this widely-endorsed standard your business can display the Cyber Essentials badge and demonstrate that it takes cybersecurity seriously.

The 5 Key Controls

Boundary Firewalls and Gateways

Use devices designed to prevent unauthorised access to or from private networks.

Secure Configuration

Ensure that systems are configured in the most secure way for the needs of the organisation.

Access Control

Ensure only those who should have access to systems are provided access at an appropriate level.

Malware Protection

Ensure that virus and malware protection is installed and up to date.

Patch Management

Ensure the latest supported version of applications is used, and all patches and updates applied.

Essentials or Essentials Plus?

There are 2 levels of certification: Essentials and Essentials Plus. Once an organisation completes Cyber Essentials, the Plus certification is granted if a successful assessment takes place within 3 months.

Level 1: Cyber Essentials

This basic level of certification is awarded on the basis of a completed self-assessment questionnaire, verified by Risc IT Solutions consultants.

Level 2: Cyber Essentials Plus

This is a higher level of assurance. You will work with Risc IT Solutions consultants to test that the 5 key controls covered by Cyber Essentials are working in practice with simulated hacking and phishing attacks.

Risc IT Solutions consultants are accredited by IASME to assess and certify against the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme requirements. We offer consulting services to assist organisations in achieving Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certifications.


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Cyber Essentials

Shortly after submission one of our consultants will be in touch to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have.

  • Government-backed industry-supported scheme
  • Defined set of controls to protect your business
  • Identify areas for improvement
  • Earn the widely-recognised Cyber Essentials badge
  • Demonstrate your security standard

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  • ESET Gold Partner
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  • Iasme
  • Microsoft Silver Partner
  • ISO 27001