Cyber Essentials Certification

Assisting organisations to defend against common cyber threats

What is Cyber Essentials certification?

The government-backed programme called Cyber Essentials Certification aims to assist organisations in defending against common cyber threats and proving their dedication to cyber security by upholding industry standards.

Our service, which has two certification levels—Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus—offers a thorough strategy to help ensure that your business is well-protected against cyberattacks.

The importance of being certified

Cyber threats are a constant worry for businesses in the modern digital era. By implementing the Cyber Essentials Certification, you can assure clients and stakeholders that your company’s defences are better equipped to defend against common cyberattacks. Additionally, if a business wants to work with government agencies, Cyber Essentials certification is a requirement for some contracts.

Key Benefits

Improved cyber security and defence against common cyber threats

By earning the Cyber Essentials Certification, it helps ensure that your company will have stronger defences in place against a variety of cyber threats.

This lessens the likelihood of incurring expensive downtime as a result of cyberattacks and helps protect your critical data and systems from unauthorised access and potential damage.


A clear trust signal to stakeholders, partners, and clients

Achieving Cyber Essentials Certification sends a clear message to stakeholders, partners, and clients that your organisation takes cyber security seriously.

By doing this, you can increase customer confidence, improve your reputation, and set your company apart from rivals who might not have taken the necessary precautions to secure their IT infrastructure.


Compliance with government requirements for specific contracts

Organisations seeking to work with government agencies or submit bids for particular contracts may be required to hold a Cyber Essentials Certification.

By receiving this certification, your company can more easily win these contracts and open up new business opportunities by proving that it complies with government regulations.


Why choose us?

Our team of knowledgeable experts at Samurai Security is committed to assisting you as you go through the certification process, making sure that your company is well-equipped to handle cyber threats. To make the project seamless and easy, we work closely with our NCSC-accredited Cyber Essentials partner.

Our Approach

Process and strategy for Cyber Essentials

Our experienced and certified Cyber Essentials consultant will spend time covering the submission requirements with your team, responding to any technical inquiries, and explaining what to expect in terms of passing the scheme.


Before submission, our team will spend time checking your answers for accuracy and completeness.


Following the review, the clients submits their responses using submission portal. If you are successful, your business will receive the Cyber Essentials Certification, proving your dedication to cyber security.

Process and approach for Cyber Essentials Plus 

In addition, we offer Cyber Essentials Plus, which has a more complex workflow.

Baseline Assessment:

We will evaluate where your organisation stands in relation to the five technical security controls: Firewalls, Secure Configuration, User Access Control, Malware Protection, and Patch Management.

 Vulnerability Scanning:

After the baseline assessment, we’ll carry out a vulnerability scan to find flaws and vulnerabilities in the systems used by your company. A representative sample of devices, including servers and end-user devices, are included in this scan.

Examine Vulnerabilities Implement Fixes:

We’ll list the flaws and vulnerabilities that need to be fixed. After that, your company will develop a remediation plan with anticipated completion dates and the necessary funding. On the best practises for remediation, our team will provide advice.


After you’ve made the necessary corrections, we’ll run another vulnerability scan to assess how well you’ve handled the situation and make sure your company complies with all five technical controls.


If the re-assessment is successful, a report will be made and submitted for evaluation. Your company will receive Cyber Essentials Plus certification after passing.


As part of the project’s outputs, your organisation will receive a comprehensive assessment of its IT infrastructure, identification of vulnerabilities and weaknesses, implementation of necessary technical controls, completion of submission documents for Cyber Essentials, and ultimately, Cyber Essentials Certification.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a Cyber Essentials Certification?

Depending on the complexity of your organisation’s IT infrastructure and the level of certification desired, the certification process could between 5-20 working days.

What distinguishes Cyber Essentials Plus from Cyber Essentials?

While Cyber Essentials Plus involves a hands-on technical verification carried out by an impartial assessor, Cyber Essentials is a self-assessment process that offers defence against common cyberattacks.

Will my company's IT infrastructure need to undergo significant changes in order to receive certification?

The necessary adjustments will depend on the IT infrastructure of your company as it stands right now. Together with you, our team will find any vulnerabilities and offer advice on how to put the required technical controls in place.

How often does our Cyber Essentials Certification need to be renewed?

The validity of the Cyber Essentials Certification is one year. You must go through the certification process every year to keep your certification.

Can Samurai Security assist us with certification maintenance once we obtain it?

Yes, Samurai Security can offer ongoing assistance and direction to help your business keep its certification and stay abreast of the most recent cyber security best practices.

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