Our steps to achieve Cyber Essentials Plus
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We will provide you with a step by step checklist prior to the audit to ensure that you meet the requirements for certification. Using the CyberSmart app the process is quick and easy, even for those without specialist IT support.
A remote or on-site audit by one of our assessors will highlight any final issues, and we will guide you to achieve the standard required for certification.
Once you have completed the questionnaire and Cybersmart complete the technical audit, we submit your application and your certificate will be issued on the same day.
The differences between the certification standards in the Cyber Essentials scheme
To achieve Cyber Essentials certification, an organisation must complete a self-assessment questionnaire based on 5 technical controls.
Using CyberSmart, an organisation can achieve same-day certification, with our smart questionnaire and automated device compliance measurement.
Cyber Essentials Plus
Cyber Essentials Plus includes a technical audit in addition to the self-assessment.
The technical audit must be completed within 3 months of completing the basic level Cyber Essentials certification. It will require an assessor to select a representative sample of devices to audit.
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CyberSmart will work with you to achieve certification as fast as possible. This may mean we can provide you with same day Cyber Essentials Plus certification, depending on your state of readiness, the immmediate availability of our assessors and the complexity of your systems and processes.
We are commited to helping you achieve same-day certification wherever possible.
It is a requirement of the scheme that you complete the Cyber Essentials Plus audit within 3 months of achieving your Cyber Essentials certification.
Although organisations are encouraged to re-certify annually under the existing scheme, there is no automatic expiry date on certificates. From 1 April 2020, certificates will be issued with a 12-month expiry date.
All your customers will be able to search for your certificate using the publically accessible National Cyber Security Centre webpage. They will be able to search by your company name to find your date of Cyber Essentials certification, within the last 12 months.