Cyber Essentials

Confidently carry out business objectives, knowing that your business is protected against common cyber-attacks.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed cyber security certification scheme which provides organisations with the 5 key controls which will help to manage cyber threats and prevent cyber-attacks.

What is Cyber Essentials?

As more media stories emerge of organisations exposing customers’ information to cyber threats, it is becoming increasingly important that you protect your organisation against cyber-attacks and demonstrate this to your customers.

Cyber Essentials is a government backed cyber security certification scheme which provides you with the 5 key controls needed to manage cyber threats and prevent around 80% of cyber-attacks from happening.

The Benefits of Cyber Essentials

Here are some benefits of using the Cyber Essentials framework 

  1. Secure configuration – By configuring computer and network devices you can identify systems and databases that are no longer required, giving you the opportunity to reduce storage and bandwidth consumption, as well as related security vulnerabilities.
  2. Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways – by managing boundary firewalls you will have more control over server traffic, helping you to better understand and manage your bandwidth requirements, reducing the risk of attacks from external threats
  3. Access control and administrative privilege management – By improving the way you manage access controls and administrative privileges you will be able to reduce inside threats by reducing the number of opportunities where staff could install unwanted software on computers.
  4. Patch management – By keeping software and licences up to date you will help to keep your company more secure. Patches are issued to improve the performance of specific products, both for security reasons and performance, meaning that failing to install them could result in system crashes, threats and reduced performance.
  5. Malware protection – Malware protection provides security – protecting against viruses and other threats. By installing Malware protection on your devices you can help to reduce downtime and risks by protecting devices throughout the company

With QMS, you can implement these controls to protect your organisation against the vast majority of cyber attacks. By choosing our Cyber Essentials Assist service, you can benefit from the experience of our consultants, who will support you along the way. They’ll provide advice and guidance to help you increase your chances of passing the Cyber Essentials Online Assessment first time.

How much does it cost to get Cyber Essentials?

Our Cyber Essentials Certification fees will vary depending on the service you choose.

With the basic Cyber Essentials Online Assessment you will be provided access to complete the online assessment and, providing you pass, achieve Certification. With Cyber Essentials Assist you will benefit from all of the same services, but with extra training and consultancy to help you understand the requirements of Cyber Essentials Scheme and increase your chances of passing the online assessment first time.

To find out how much Cyber Essentials Certification could cost your organisation, please contact our Information Security Advisors today or alternatively you can obtain an instant quote by completing the online fee calculator below.

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Once certified, to maintain compliance and certification, you will need to complete the online assessment every 12 months. If you would like to achieve a high level of assurance we recommend you upgrade to the Cyber Essentials Plus Service which also includes an on-site assessment – providing verification of your cyber security processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cyber Essentials

How can QMS help your Business?

QMS gets your business set up for success:


Our team of consultants has provided GDPR assessments to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.


Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.


We make the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the training and advice that works for you.

The Cyber Essentials Process

With QMS’ simple 3 step certification process you can achieve certification in under 45 days.

Cyber Essentials Assist: Pre-assessment consultancy

Upgrade to the Cyber Essentials Assist service and we will include a pre-assessment consultancy with one our experienced Cyber Essential Consultants to support you as you prepare for the Assessment. During the consultancy they will offer advice and guidance on the requirements of the scheme – helping you to increase your chances of passing the online assessment first time.

Cyber Essentials Certification Process:

Cyber Essentials Resources

Latest Cyber Essentials news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how Cyber Essentials works.

Latest Cyber Essentials news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how Cyber Essentials works.


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