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

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

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.

For those businesses without the knowledge or the time, we offer an “Executive Service” where one of our CISO (Chief Information Security Officers) will work with you to prepare you for your assessment. The Executive Service provides you with a guarantee of a pass.

Ask an Assessor

Are you unsure about how to achieve Cyber Essentials or Plus?

Maybe you are stuck with answering one of the questions or want to understand how an assessor might interpret your answer?

Well, the team at Hedgehog might just be able to help you out.

Book a free 15 minute chat with one of our NCSC approved Cyber Essentials assessors. Lets explorer your question and see if we can help shed some light on the answer for you.

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Our Executive Service

Our Executive Service is designed for those with little to no experience of the Cyber Essentials Scheme and those who simply do not have the time. We offer an Executive Service for both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Cyber Essentials

  • Certification completed online
  • Full Policy Pack and Documentation Toolkit
  • One day of consultancy provided onsite or remotely
  • External Vulnerability Scan

Cyber Essentials Plus

  • Certification completed online
  • Full Policy Pack and Documentation Toolkit
  • External Vulnerability Scan
  • Internal Vulnerability Scan
  • One day of consultancy provided onsite or remotely
  • Onsite assessment completed onsite or remotely

All our Plus level packages are based on on-site testing at one location, of one type of user account, on up to ten device builds. Additional workstations, mobile devices and build types may need to be tested to meet sampling requirements of the scheme. 

The Certification Process

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

Cyber Essentials

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

Cyber Essentials Plus

Following successful certification against the foundation level, you may apply for Plus certification. We are always available to discuss your requirements. 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. Occasionally it will be possible, especially for smaller scopes, to perform the audit remotely. When performing remote assessments, we use TeamViewer or RescueAssit to allow us to perform the assessment on the workstations. We also ship you a small appliance to allow us to perform any vulnerability scanning for your assessment.

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. If you are taking advantage of our Executive Service, we will manage and in some cases even perform those changes through our CISO team.

Questions or need more info?

Do you have any questions or need more information about either of the schemes and how we can help? Please do get in touch by calling us on 03333 444 256 or by using the form below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We use our three UK located scanners for Cyber Essentials work. The IP addresses are as follows:

  • 188.166.138.97
  • 206.189.18.88
  • 80.229.164

All Cyber Essentials work is performed via Hedgehog Security Ltd, a UK based and registered company. Company Number: 09866739 | VAT: GB236184507 | Registered: 11th November 2015. Hedgehog Security is governed by the CREST and registered in England and Wales. Our registered UK office is at The Lab, Teanford House, Teanford, Upper Tean, Staffordshire, ST10 4ES.​

Not at this present time. Although we have a number of TIGER scheme qualified testers we have not pursued CHECK registration as we are still a small business.

You can get through the online questionnaire in an afternoon if you have all the information at hand.

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