Get cyber-certified

Show clients you’re protected against the most common cyber attacks

Cyber attacks come in all shapes and sizes, but most of them are very basic and carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are government-backed accreditation schemes designed to help protect UK businesses of all sizes against a range of the most common cyber attacks.

Implementing Cyber Essentials can significantly reduce your vulnerability to cyber attack. And given the negative operational impact of an attack on your business and the size of potential regulatory fines if data is breached, ensuring your IT security is critical. Cyber Essentials provides an accreditation that your IT security is strong and resilient. It also provides your clients with confidence that their information is in safe hands; particularly important in client-confidential sectors like law, finance and recruitment.

There are a number of other benefits in gaining the accreditation:

  • Demonstrates you take IT security seriously – an important statement for business partners, regulators and suppliers
  • You are qualified to bid for government and public sector contracts – Cyber Essentials is now a mandatory requirement
  • You have taken steps to safeguard commercially sensitive data – increasing your compliance to data protection regulations like GDPR
  • Provides peace of mind – that you are protecting your business, resilient to attack such that you can continue operating and remain competitive

We talked with many companies during a six month selection process . . . ultimately we liked the flexibility and friendliness of the Blue Saffron approach; they took the time to understand our business and were willing to take on the roll-out and subsequent support.

John Leyden | CEO | Carbon Accountancy

Gaining Cyber Essentials accreditation

The Cyber Essentials certification process checks that technical security controls are in place in five areas of your IT infrastructure:

  • Firewalls – to help prevent unauthorised access to your systems
  • Secure Configuration – making sure your systems are set up securely
  • User Access Control – restricting access to your systems to the people you want accessing it
  • Malware Protection – anti-virus software deployment
  • Patch Management – making sure software is up to date and free of vulnerabilities

This tests are done by means of a Vulnerability Assessment, a scan which uses specialist tools to analyse your entire IT estate. This detects security risks such as unpatched or unsupported software, open ports and incorrect firewall configuration. After the scanning software is deployed, the results are analysed and presented in actionable steps so that security flaws can be corrected.

Cyber Essentials is available in two levels, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. Cyber Essentials Plus is more rigorous, demanding a higher standard of security provision and requires an independent assessment to verify that you meet the requirements

Cyber Essentials with Blue Saffron Managed IT Security

Work with Blue Saffron

Gain your Cyber Essentials accreditation

Blue Saffron has had more than ten years’ experience in helping medium-sized businesses overcome their IT security challenges. We are a Cyber Essentials Plus certified business ourselves and we can help you achieve all levels of the Cyber Essentials scheme. We perform a full IT security audit and then propose a plan to rectify any issues. Finally, we ensure the correct processes are in place for each of the five technical controls required for Cyber Essentials Certification.


Want to understand how we can keep your business secure and gain Cyber Essentials accreditation? Contact us today or talk to one of our team on 0844 560 0202.

Blue Saffron’s IT Security Services provide comprehensive peace of mind for your business

IT Security & Compliance

A service to help reduce your vulnerability to cybercrime and empower you to become compliant.

Managed Security Services

A fully managed IT security service to protect your hardware and software integrated with backup and recovery services in the event of a breach.

Security Strategy & Consultancy

Assistance for companies to prepare, protect, detect, respond and recover along all points of the security lifecycle.

Cyber Essentials

The advice and guidance needed to achieve the government’s Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditations.

Security Testing & Audits

Assesses the security status and risks facing your business, reviews how well you comply with regulations and advises you on what changes to infrastructure and services are required.

Cybersecurity Training & Awareness

Keep security top of mind of users with our integrated security awareness training and simulated phishing platform.

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