Cyber Essentials

Why Choose Us for

Cyber Essentials

We offer the best value for money Cyber Essentials service of all certifying bodies. Since 2014 we have certified over 5000 businesses of all sizes across all verticals with a mix of certification level audits. 

Performed Remote or Onsite, with Hedgehog Cyber, you are in safe hands.

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry supported foundation for basic cyber security hygiene.  The Scheme has been carefully designed to guide organisations of any size in protecting themselves against cyber threats. You can read more about the governments scheme here.

It offers two levels of certification. Both levels are built around a robust Assurance Framework providing an independent validation of your cyber security efforts.  Cyber Essentials Plus builds on the foundation level to provide a greater level of assurance. 

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials

The foundation level is an independently verified self-assessment.  You complete an online assessment questionnaire which is approved by a Senior Executive of your business.  Upon submission, we will independently review and verify your responses and if successful, we will award you the requisite certificate and badge that you can display on your company website.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus

This is the next stage of your security journey and involves both independent internal and external tests of your network and computers. You must have been awarded the foundation level certification in the last three months before you can proceed with  accreditation. 

Successful accreditation provides a higher level of assurance that your organisation has a strong cyber security regime with correctly implemented controls thereby maintaining a robust defence against Internet-based attacks.

Do I need Cyber Essentials?

Two thirds of large businesses experienced a cyber breach or attack in the past year (HM Govt.  Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016*).  It is anticipated that around half of small businesses experienced a cyber breach or attack. 

With the average cost of a breach equating to £36,500, can you afford not to be safe?

Cyber-attacks on businesses large and small are a regular occurrence of daily life.  It is virtually impossible these days to read a news story or visit a news website and not read a report of another data hack, phishing attack, successful ransomware incident or the ‘accidental’ loss of valuable customer information.  Breaches do not just occur from attacks. More often than not, the cyber breach occured because of a poor password, a badly configured IT system or application or simple someone just clicked a link while having a bad day. It would be no surprise that the majority of successful phishing attacks happen on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons.

A substantial amount of these costly incidents can easily be prevented by taking some simple steps and implementing a few basic controls.

Certification at foundation level is now mandatory for all central government contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services.  Even if you are not a government supplier, you should still seriously consider embarking on the certification pathway to ensure that your business has implemented basic cyber security controls and by doing so, you have mitigated against common types of cyber-attack such as phishing and hacking.

Pricing

CE

Foundation CE Certification
£ 300
00
+VAT Annually
  • Access to Secure Portal
  • 4 hour turnaround
  • Retest within 7 days

CE Executive

Making the headache go away
£ 900
00
+VAT Annually
  • All from Cyber Essentials
  • CISO Led Assistance
  • Guaranteed Pass

CE+

Cyber Essentials Plus
£ 1750
00
+VAT Annually
  • Remote Assessment
  • Access to Secure Portal
  • Free retest within 7 days

CE+ Executive

Making the headache fo away
£ 2900
00
+VAT Annually
  • All from CE Plus
  • CISO Led Assistance
  • Guaranteed Pass

The Certification Process

Hedgehog Cyber are authorised by CREST and IASME to perform certifications.  We would be delighted to assist and support your achievement of Cyber Essentials Certification.

Cyber Essentials

You complete an online assessment questionnaire which is approved by a Senior Executive.  Upon submission, we will perform an independent review and verify your responses and if successful, we will award you the requisite certificate(s) and badge(s) that you can display on your company website.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Following successful certification against the foundation level, you may apply for Cyber Essentials Plus certification.  Discuss your requirements with us and once the assessment scope is determined, we will arrange a visit to your site by one of our consultants who will conduct a range of external and internal technical verification tests of your network and web application security.

As a result of the ongoing assessment, it may be necessary for us to advise you to make changes in order for you to successfully attain the certification.

Making Life Easier

We offer a number of services to help make certification at your desired cyber essentials level significantly easier.

Executive Service

The Executive Service is there for businesses who have no inhouse IT team, technical knowledge or compliance knowledge. With the Executive Service, one of our consulting team will work with you to complete everything needed to ensure a successful audit.

Penetration Testing

Our Penetration Testing services can be called upon to help the larger businesses ensure their ongoing compliance and validation on an annual or bi-annual basis.

Vulnerability Scanning

We can provide both internal and external vulnerability scanning on a weekly, monthly or quarterly schedule to help you answer Yes, Always to the cyber essentials questions around internal and external vulnerability scanning.

Policies

There are a lot of questions in the audit around policies. Get yourself off to a flying start with our Cyber Essentials Policy Pack which includes all the policies you will need for both levels of certification. All you need to do is replace the placeholders and validate your business alignment. We can help with implementation if needed too. 

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Covid-19 Update

We Remain Open

At this present time we have taken all the relevant measures to ensure our team are safe. Until further notice all our “onsite” engagements will either be postponed or performed remotely via VPN or one of our appliances.

Please bear with us if we need to reschedule some of your work. As a collective, we are also volunteering our time to support the elderly and assist essential services.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Peter
CEO & Founder