About Cyber Essentials

NeedSec Limited, operating under the trade name "Cyber Compliance," is honoured to be recognized as an approved Cyber Essentials Certification Body by the IASME Consortium. Our foundational mission is dedicated to assisting businesses, from burgeoning startups to established corporations, in significantly enhancing their cyber security measures. We achieve this through the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) Cyber Essentials certification scheme, a pivotal initiative crafted by the UK Government and the cyber security industry. This scheme is not merely a set of recommendations; it is a comprehensive framework designed to bolster the cyber defence mechanisms of organisations, empowering them to effectively counteract the evolving landscape of cyber threats while affirming their commitment to maintaining exemplary network security standards.


Cyber Essentials targets the mitigation of a wide spectrum of common internet-based threats. These threats are notably insidious due to their reliance on easily accessible tools that require minimal technical skill from the attackers, making every unprepared organisation a potential target. The scheme's guidelines are crafted with the intent to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data that is accessible via the internet, thereby safeguarding the core aspects of business information.

The scheme delineates five fundamental technical controls as the cornerstone of its cyber security strategy:

  1. Secure Internet Connection: Establishing firewall and router configurations that serve as the first line of defence against cyber intrusions.
  2. Secure Configuration of Devices and Software: Ensuring that devices and software are configured to the highest security standards to minimize vulnerabilities.
  3. Controlled Access to Data and Services: Implementing strict access controls and user permissions to ensure that only authorized individuals can access sensitive information.
  4. Protection Against Malware: Deploying anti-malware solutions and policies to detect and mitigate threats from malicious software.
  5. Regular Updating of Software: Ensuring that all software is regularly updated, thus protecting against known vulnerabilities.

By integrating these controls, organisations can construct a resilient framework capable of defending against the majority of cyber attacks. This proactive approach not only secures critical business data but also cultivates a culture of cyber awareness and safety within the organisation.

The Cyber Essentials certification is more than a compliance requirement; it is a testament to an organisation's dedication to cyber security. It reassures customers, partners, and stakeholders of the business’s efforts to protect against cyber threats, thereby enhancing trust and confidence. Moreover, it offers a competitive edge in the marketplace, particularly in sectors where cyber security readiness is a critical factor in client and partnership decisions.

In the digital era, where cyber threats are an ever-present risk, the Cyber Essentials scheme provides a clear and attainable path to robust cyber security. For businesses seeking to navigate the digital domain securely and successfully, achieving Cyber Essentials certification through the expert guidance of NeedSec Limited is a crucial step. It not only demonstrates a commitment to security but also positions the organisation at the forefront of industry best practices in cyber hygiene. Through Cyber Essentials, NeedSec Limited empowers businesses to transform their cyber security posture, ensuring long-term resilience and reliability in an increasingly interconnected world.


The Cyber Essentials package includes access to the online self-assessment questionnaire, Cyber Essentials branding for your business (to include on your website, emails etc), Cyber Insurance, as well as Cyber Essentials certification valid for 12 months upon successful application. The cost for Cyber Essentials Basic starts from £300.00.

Cyber Essentials Plus offers extensive support throughout the Cyber Essentials application process. On top of the Cyber Essentials certification – valid for 12 months – and the branding for promotional use, your organisation will receive dedicated support, on-site/remote assessment in your company HQ and absolutely no resubmission fees. The price for Cyber Essentials Plus starts from £1299.00+ VAT.

Read Our Cyber Essentials Checklist


Earning a Cyber Essentials Certification showcases your organisation's proactive approach to combating cyber threats. This globally recognised certification serves as a testament to your customers, investors, insurers and stakeholders that you've adopted fundamental yet effective strategies to shield your organisation from cyber risks.

As stated by the National Cyber Security Centre, initiating the process for the Cyber Essentials certification and executing even a single one of the five mandated controls can safeguard businesses from approximately 80% of potential attacks.

The advantages of obtaining this certification are manifold:

  • It assures your customers that your IT infrastructure is equipped to tackle cyber attacks.
  • It garners new business by confirming that cyber security measures are in force.
  • It provides a comprehensive overview of your organisation’s cyber security health.
  • Certain government contracts necessitate Cyber Essentials Certification.

As cyber criminals evolve and refine their tactics, your business must stay one step ahead. The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020 underlines this shift in the landscape, highlighting that phishing attacks surged from 72% in 2017 to 86% now. Conversely, the frequency of viruses or malware attacks decreased from 33% to 16%. Thus, there is no better opportunity than now to fortify your organisation by becoming Cyber Essentials certified.

Cyber Essentials Checklist

Download the Cyber Essentials question set

Download the Cyber Essentials question set used on all assessment accounts from April 24th 2023.

Cyber Essentials Requirements

Download the Requirements for IT Infrastructure

Cyber Essentials: Requirements for IT infrastructure v3.1


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