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Cyber Essentials

Ensuring your organisation is protected from cyber threats

Cyber Essentials is the official UK government-backed scheme provides a simple but effective level of protection for businesses of all sizes. It is predominately aimed at increasing your protection against the most common cyber threats. Our expert team at SwiftComm will work hard to ensure your business is prepared for and protected against these continually evolving threats.

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What are the benefits of Cyber Essentials?

The vast majority of online cyber-attacks are committed by inexperienced cybercriminals using basic attacks. According to UK Government statistics, completing Cyber Essentials provides as much as 80% protection against these online threats.

Cyber Essentials Certification also demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to IT security and data protection, as well as qualifying your business to apply for certain lucrative Government and MoD contracts.

Cyber Essentials covers 5 core areas of your organisation:

  • Access Control
  • Firewalls and routers
  • Malware Protection
  • Secure configuration of all networked devices
  • Software and OS Patch Management

We offer two Cyber Essentials Certification pathways

  • Cyber Essentials

    We carry out a full audit of your network and all of your networked devices,  ensuring that each computer, tablet, mobile phone or server within your organisation is as secure as possible to give you the best possible protection.  Your dedicated Cyber Essentials specialist will work with you to complete all the necessary paperwork and ensure every device is in compliance. Our expert team at SwiftComm will ensure your organisation is certified swiftly, smoothly and first time guaranteed.

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  • Cyber Essentials Plus

    Cyber Essentials Plus takes your organisation's cyber protection a step further by completing a hands-on technical security verification of your company devices and a vulnerability scan of those externally facing in your network. Leaving no stone unturned, our expert team will ensure your organisation is safeguarded against most of the common cyber attacks.

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Your Cyber Essentials Questions Answered

  • What are the typical Certification costs?

    • The certificate cost for Cyber Essentials is around £300 + VAT.
    • The certificate cost for Cyber Essentials Plus is around £1,900 + VAT.

    These costs are for certification only. Cyber Essentials can be self-certified with a £300.00 government certification fee upon submission. Once qualified, you have 90 days to complete the requirements for Cyber Essentials Plus which requires a qualified consultant to complete an audit upon your infrastructure.

    In most cases, it is recommended to work with a managed IT support provider to assist you with your certification.  This way they can ensure that your infrastructure, security and documentation are up to standards to achieve qualification upon your first submission. While these will increase your costs of certification, it will both fast track your progress and save the costs of multiple submissions.

  • Are there any requirements for Cyber Essentials Plus?

    Organisations wishing to complete the Cyber Essentials Plus Certification need to have earned the Cyber Essentials Certification within the last 90-days.

  • How do you ensure compliance after Certification?

    We work hard to ensure your devices remain in compliance 24/7. Our Cyber Essentials App checks every 15-minutes to ensure each device remains in compliance – alerting us to changes so we can resolve any issues before a cybercriminal has the chance to attack your devices.

  • How fast could we gain Cyber Essentials Certification?

    The time required depends on the complexity of your organisation’s infrastructure but in most instances, we can usually complete the Certification process for Cyber Essentials within 2-3 days.

    The Cyber Essentials Plus Certification route requires an additional external network audit and internal device scans. We typically allow an additional 3-4 days to complete these compliance tasks but we can be flexible and prioritise according to your level of urgency.

Benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification

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    Gain a clearer picture of your organisation's current cyber security protection levels and the processes in place. We work to ensure you have the best protections in place.

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    Through our Compliance App, our expert team ensure your devices remain in compliance 24/7, alerting you to any that need attention with the steps required to resolve.

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    Demonstrate to organisations you work with that you take your Cyber Security and Data Protection seriously. You also gain eligibility to apply for certain Government and MoD Contracts as well.