Cyber Essentials
Cyber Essentials Plus

Imagine a world where your business thrives not just in spite of cyber threats but also because of its proactive approach to security. That’s the focus of Cyber Essentials. It’s not just a certification or a checklist; it’s a movement. A movement towards a future where organisations, regardless of size, understand that security isn’t a luxury; it’s a responsibility.

Most cyberattacks are like opportunistic thieves, trying your front door first. Cyber Essentials equips you with digital deadbolts and alarms to deter these basic attacks, sending a clear message: “We take security seriously.”

Why is this important?

Security is a matter of trust in today’s increasingly automated digital world. Customers want to know their data is safe, partners want to know they can collaborate securely, and investors want to know their investment is protected. Cyber Essentials certification gives you the framework to demonstrate that commitment.

Tendering for Government contracts?

If you would like to bid for central government contracts that involve handling sensitive and personal information or providing certain technical products and services, you will require Cyber Essentials and potentially Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

We understand cyber security can feel overwhelming 

We understand that juggling the demands of customers, partners, and investors while navigating the ever-evolving security environment can be challenging. You want to build and maintain trust quickly, but finding the right controls and framework to achieve it can be a headache. Cyber Essentials isn’t just another checkbox; it’s a powerful solution designed to simplify data protection and showcase your commitment to security – putting you at ease and winning the trust of everyone you work with.

What are your IASME Cyber Essentials compliance options? 

Start with IASME Cyber Essentials, the self-assessment option. It’s a simple yet effective way to deploy digital security controls and deter the most common attacks. Remember, even basic security measures can make a world of difference.

Want to go to the next level? Opt for IASME Cyber Essentials Plus, with its hands-on technical verification. It’s the ultimate peace of mind for organisations that demand higher assurance in the government certification scheme.

Are you looking to self-certify? Or do you need our teams assistance?
choose the support that is right for your business

Here’s what our customers say about us

“We were keen to maintain our Cyber Essentials accreditation to show our commitment to cyber and data security, and to uphold our existing high standards that accompany our ongoing LEXCEL accreditation.

The service we received from BIT Security in obtaining our re-accreditation was extremely supportive and efficient. They processed our initial application extremely quickly, provided constructive feedback, and supported us through to successful completion of the process. We would definitely use their services again.”

Hewitts Solicitors

Gain peace of mind with BIT Security

For 20 years, BIT Security has stood by organisations in the South West, ensuring their digital world is safe and secure. We are not just another cyber essentials assessor – we are trusted partners, guiding customers through every step of the Government Cyber Essentials journey.

Why choose BIT Security?

  • We understand the challenge; Our IASME-certified experts have walked the talk, completing the assessments they guide you through.

  • Clear and simple process: No jargon, just straightforward support at every stage.
  • Proven track record: We’ve helped countless organisations achieve Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

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What is Cyber Essentials?

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Cyber Essentials is the UK government’s flagship cyber security framework, which sets out the five essential areas to help protect your business from common online threats. Achieving certification demonstrates that you have taken these steps to secure your IT systems and protect against risks such as hackers and viruses.

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What’s involved in Cyber Essentials certification?

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Cyber Essentials Certification framework has been designed as a strong security baseline for every business in every industry. Mapped against five simple technical controls means it’s easy to achieve Cyber Essentials certification.

Includes

Access control
Firewalls and routers
Malware protection
Secure configuration
Software updates

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What is the highest certification in the Cyber Essentials scheme?

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The Cyber Essentials Plus is audited certification, it builds on the self-assessment by adding an onsite assessment of your cybersecurity controls. Achieving this certification shows that you have gone further than the basic requirements in protecting your business from potential online attack.  

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Do you need assistance with filling out your Self Assessment? 

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BIT Security offers expert guidance for businesses with little or no cyber security knowledge through the cost-effective Assistance service. This starts from £295 +VAT, (plus self-assessment costs), making it an affordable way of getting certified with minimal hassle or expense.

Contact us to find out more.

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Would you like FREE insurance?

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Once you are certified and as part of the Cyber Essentials scheme free cyber insurance is available (to UK companies with a turnover of less than £20 million). This provides you with peace of mind regarding the financial impact of any data breaches or other liabilities arising from potential security incidents that may occur after achieving certification.  

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We offer ongoing support for Cyber Essentials

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At BIT Security we understand how important it is for businesses to remain compliant whilst ensuring their cybersecurity programmes are up to date beyond just meeting basic requirements. We can assist by providing ongoing consultancy and advice on best practice measures for improving your cybersecurity strategy according to current industry trends and threats – enabling you to keep up with today’s everchanging digital landscape without compromising on cost or convenience. 

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Payment and Access to Assessment Portal

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When payment is made, login details will be sent to you to access the IASME on-line assessment platform, from there you can begin your certification. Please be aware you will have 6 months to complete your assessment before your account is archived by IASME. Unfortunately, we cannot issue a refund if this happens, so please do not apply until you think you are ready for the assessment.

By choosing BIT Security,
you are supporting us to:

Don’t wait for a cyberattack to be your wake-up call.

Join the Cyber Essentials movement and build a safer, more trusted future for your organisation. The choice is yours.

Contact Us

Considering your compliance or testing options
we have a range of services to support you

Let us get
back to you

Tel +44 (0)1752 724 000
Email soc@thinkbitgroup.co.uk

Plymouth Science Park, 1 Davy Rd, Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BX