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Overview

What is Cyber Essentials Plus?

Cyber Essentials is a UK government-endorsed standard designed to help businesses of all sizes minimise their security risk and demonstrate a commitment to the protection of personal information relating to employees, customers, partners and investors.

The Cyber Essentials scheme, part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme, is designed to help businesses of all sizes minimise their security risk and demonstrate a commitment to the protection of personal information relating to employees, customers, partners and investors. Cyber Essentials covers common security threats such as malware infections, social engineering attacks and hacking. It involves an annually verified assessment of key security controls that can help organisations to defend against common attack vectors that target enterprise-level and corporate IT systems.

Cyber Essentials Plus is the second level of the certification, requiring a hands-on technical verification of security controls. Redscan offers organisations the in-depth security knowledge and assessment services required to obtain Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

Benefits

Cyber Essentials scheme benefits

Protection of key assets

By highlighting common vulnerabilities affecting assets including firewalls, systems, websites and software applications, the Cyber Essentials scheme helps businesses reduce their information security risk.

Verified accreditation

Receiving independent verification of key security controls by Redscan demonstrates the effectiveness of systems, people and processes in defending against a wide range of cyber threats.

Enhanced reputation

Demonstrating to customers, partners and investors that cyber security is taken seriously improves outside perception and can provide a key competitive advantage.

Eligibility for public sector contracts

Cyber Essentials certification is mandatory for any business wanting to bid for a central government contract that involves the handling of sensitive or personal information.

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Reasons to choose Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus certification is the level recommended for businesses that want to demonstrate a higher level of security assurance. To receive certification, organisations must permit Redscan to perform an on-site inspection to verify the findings of a questionnaire and conduct internal and external vulnerability assessments.

In-depth testing and insight

By performing internal and external vulnerability assessments as well as an on-site inspection of systems and policies, Redscan’s experts thoroughly investigate a business’s network to identify vulnerabilities that a self-assessment could easily overlook.

Tailored assessment

Independent Redscan assessment can be tailored to certify a whole organisation or sub-set of it. Cyber Essentials Plus requires appraisal of all network infrastructure including cloud services, bring your own devices (BYOD) and commercial applications.

Comprehensive reporting

After each assessment, Redscan produces a detailed report of key findings. This includes, as appropriate, any remediation steps required for a re-test to be conducted.

End-to-end assistance

Assistance every step of the way helps businesses complete the initial self-assessment questionnaire, as well as the on-site checks and vulnerability assessment conducted by Redscan.

Our Services

Our award-winning services

Redscan’s security services are designed to provide the vital assistance needed to make tangible improvements to your organisation’s cyber security posture.

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Managed Detection and Response

Award-winning support to rapidly detect and respond to the latest threats 24/7

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Assessment Services

Specialist engagements to uncover and address hidden cyber security risks

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