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Cyber Essentials Plus       Cyber Essentials

As a pioneer and contributor to the government-backed Cyber Essentials assessment, Capital Network Solutions is the leading UK authority on how to approach and pass the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditations.  Cyber Essentials is a pre-requisite to achieving Cyber Essentials Plus.
We are standard bearers for cyber security excellence, supporting businesses to secure their data and inspire confidence in their partners and customers.  

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government certification which allows businesses to demonstrate to customers, suppliers, investors and insurers that they have implemented essential security controls to manage their cyber risk. The entry level certification is Cyber Essentials and this is a pre-requisite to Cyber Essentials Plus.

Reduce your risk of cyber attack by up to 80% with Cyber Essentials

Having completed Cyber Essentials, which is a prerequisite to Cyber Essentials Plus, an organisation may choose to undergo a more thorough assessment from a certifying body.

The Certification process includes independent testing of whether the controls implemented collectively defeat threats from hacking and phishing however it is not an in-depth penetration test. The testing covers all internet gateways, all servers providing services directly to unauthenticated internet based users and user devices.

Cyber Essentials focuses on 5 key technical controls:

  • Boundary firewalls and internet gateways - these are devices designed to prevent unauthorised access to or from private networks, but good setup of these devices either in hardware or software form is important for them to be fully effective.

  • Secure configuration – ensuring that systems are configured in the most secure way for the needs of the organisation

  • Access control – Ensuring only those who should have access to systems to have access and at the appropriate level.

  • Malware protection – ensuring that virus and malware protection is installed and is it up to date

  • Patch management – ensuring the latest supported version of applications is used and all the necessary patches supplied by the vendor been applied

Steps to Certification

Cyber Essentials Plus


*within 30 days

Demonstrate your further commitment to cyber security and compliance with the IASME Standard  


Why Certify 


  • Gain a competitive edge by demonstrating your commitment to cyber security
  • If you are a Government supplier, Cyber Essentials is a mandatory requirement for many contracts
  • Cyber Essentials provides a clear framework of basic security controls your organisation must have in place to safely use the internet
  • Cyber Essentials Plus provides third-party assurances that your cyber security measures are operating effectively
  • It provides a baseline for building up to a more comprehensive information assurance management system such as the IASME standard or ISO27001:2013.




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