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Cyber Essentials Certification: Protect your business against Cyber attacks.

Achieve Cyber Essentials certification in partnership with OCM Communications. We are a licensed certification body for Cyber Essentials

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Why choose OCM as your Cyber Essentials Partner & Assessor?

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed and industry-supported cybersecurity certification scheme. It aims to help organisations protect themselves from common online threats by implementing a baseline of security controls.

Cyber Essentials is often a mandatory requirement  for Government and public-sector contracts, making it a key driver of new sales and business growth.

Cyber Essentials is suitable for organisations of all sizes and sectors. It's particularly beneficial for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that might not have the resources for complex cybersecurity measures.

Organisations that are Cyber Essentials compliant are 92% less likely to need to claim on their cyber insurance according to the National Cyber Security Centre.

About Cyber Essentials

What are the benefits of Cyber Essentials Certification?

Protection from Cyber Attacks

By implementing the five core technical controls, you significantly reduce your vulnerability to common cyber attacks like phishing, malware, and ransomware. This helps protect your sensitive data, systems, and ultimately your business operations.

Cost-Effective Security

Cyber Essentials is designed to be accessible and affordable for businesses of all sizes, providing a strong foundation of protection without requiring extensive financial resources.

Free cyber Liability Insurance

Businesses under £20m in turnover can get £25,000 in indemnity coverage (terms apply).Some insurance providers offer reduced premiums or incentives for businesses that hold Cyber Essentials certification, recognising the proactive steps taken to mitigate risk.

Increased Customer Trust & Reputation

Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates to your customers, partners, and suppliers that you take cybersecurity seriously. This builds trust and can give you a competitive advantage in the market.

Eligibility for Goverment Contracts

Many UK government contracts require suppliers to hold Cyber Essentials certification, especially those handling sensitive or personal information. Achieving certification opens doors to new business opportunities.

Marketing Advantage

Displaying the Cyber Essentials badge on your website and marketing materials can attract new customers and partners who prioritise security. It's a clear demonstration of your commitment to protecting sensitive data.

Cyber Essentials technical requirements

What does Cyber Essentials cover?

Cyber Essentials is a set of basic security controls that all businesses should have in place to mitigate the risk of cyber threats.

Cyber Essentials covers the five key areas:

  • Firewalls
    Firewalls are essential for protecting your internet connection. They act as a barrier between your internal network and external networks (such as the internet), preventing unauthorised access to your systems and data. Organisations must ensure that all devices that connect to the internet are protected by a properly configured firewall.
  • Secure Configuration
    Secure configuration involves setting up computers and network devices to reduce vulnerabilities. This includes changing default settings, disabling unnecessary features, and ensuring that only essential software is installed and running. Organisations need to ensure that devices and software are configured securely from the outset to minimise security risks.
  • User Access Control
    User access control ensures that only authorised individuals have access to systems and data. This involves implementing user accounts with appropriate privileges and using strong, unique passwords. It also includes restricting administrative privileges to only those who need them for their role.
  • Malware Protection
    Malware protection involves deploying anti-malware solutions to detect and prevent malicious software from infecting systems. This includes using antivirus software and other security tools to scan and protect against malware. Organisations must ensure that their anti-malware software is up-to-date and configured to scan for malware regularly
  • Software Security Updates
    Security update management, or patch management, ensures that software and devices are kept up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates. This reduces vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers. Organisations need to implement a process to regularly update and patch systems to protect against known threats.

Cyber Essentials Certification in 3 Simple Steps

Choose the right option for your business

Cyber Essentials
Audit and Certification

from £320-£600

single annual fee

Prove that the Cyber Essentials Controls are correctly implemented 

 

  • Expert help to guide you through the Cyber Essentials process

  • Access to the on-line assessment platform to enable you to begin your certification

  • Free resit if required

  • Cyber Essentials Certification

  • £25K free Cyber Insurance**

Cyber Essentials
Supported Package

from £100
per month

for 12 months

Pre-assessment meeting & review, feedback, and unlimited remote telephone support.

 

Pass first time, guaranteed*.

  • Expert help to guide you through the Cyber Essentials process

  • Template policy documents

  • Pre submission review

  • cyber security remote support across the 5 technical controls

  • Cyber Essentials certification

  • Year round expert advice

  • £25k FREE cyber insurance**

Cyber Essentials
Fully Managed

from £150 per month

 for 12 months

OCM manage everything so you can certify quickly and easily with no stress, and guarantee you pass* first time.

 

  • Cyber security audit with recommendations and guidance

  • Personalised policy documents

  • Pre submission review

  • Completed self assessment 

  • Cyber Essentials certification 

  • Year round expert advice and remote support across the 5 technical controls

  • £25k FREE cyber insurance**

*Provided you follow our advice and implement all the CE controls of course

**UK based organisations with a turnover under £20m

Price includes Cyber Essentials certification fees which start at £320 +VAT

We are happy to create a bespoke solution designed to your exact business needs if our current options do not meet your requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Firewalls
    Firewalls are essential for protecting your internet connection. They act as a barrier between your internal network and external networks (such as the internet), preventing unauthorised access to your systems and data. Organisations must ensure that all devices that connect to the internet are protected by a properly configured firewall.
  • Secure Configuration
    Secure configuration involves setting up computers and network devices to reduce vulnerabilities. This includes changing default settings, disabling unnecessary features, and ensuring that only essential software is installed and running. Organisations need to ensure that devices and software are configured securely from the outset to minimise security risks.
  • User Access Control
    User access control ensures that only authorised individuals have access to systems and data. This involves implementing user accounts with appropriate privileges and using strong, unique passwords. It also includes restricting administrative privileges to only those who need them for their role.
  • Malware Protection
    Malware protection involves deploying anti-malware solutions to detect and prevent malicious software from infecting systems. This includes using antivirus software and other security tools to scan and protect against malware. Organisations must ensure that their anti-malware software is up-to-date and configured to scan for malware regularly
  • Software Security Updates
    Security update management, or patch management, ensures that software and devices are kept up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates. This reduces vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers. Organisations need to implement a process to regularly update and patch systems to protect against known threats.

Get Cyber Essentials certified through OCM Communications to defend your business from cyber attacks!

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