Cyber Essentials + (Plus)

Cyber essentials is a fantastic certification for achieving a good baseline for security, no matter your organisations size

  • Protect against 80% of cyber threats
  • Demonstrate an industry recognised level of security
  • Benefit from competitive advantage and increase your brand's trust

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials helps you to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security. It is a cost effective and realistic certification for all organisations and protects against 80% of common cyber attacks.

What does it cover?

  • Secure your internet connection
  • Secure your devices and software
  • Control access to your data and services
  • Protect from viruses and other malware
  • Keep your devices and software up to date

What levels of Cyber Essentials are available?

Use our guide to understand what level of cyber essentials will suit you.

Self Assessment

Independent and cost effective
£ 300 Complete through the Periculo Portal
  • At least annually
  • Follow a major change / release
  • Quarterly Vulnerability scans


For those who need support
£ 850 Remote or on-site support for completing
  • Cost Effective
  • Support completing
  • Gap analysis

Cyber Essentials Plus

Take your assessment further
£ 995 Independant audit of CE+ from a consultant
  • In depth assessment
  • CE+ badge
  • Vulnerability assessment

Managed Service

Tie your compliance into a plan
£ POA Annual agreement to maintain your compliance
  • Clear maintenance
  • Operationally effective
  • Easy budgeting

How does it work?

Dependant on the option that you take, you will start at a different point, either with one of our consultants or by completing a self assessment.

For Cyber Essentials Plus we will carry out a remote or on-site assessment to rest against the Cyber Essentials Plus criteria

Once completed, you will receive a report to confirm whether you have been successful along with your certificate

What is Cyber Essentials Plus?

Cyber Essentials plus adds on some additional controls and tests to give a more in-depth review and level of compliance. It includes a vulnerability assessment of audit scope and basic security testing.

What does it cover?

  • External threats and vulnerabilities
  • Internal threats and vulnerabilities
  • Checks for malware
  • Test of malware protection effectiveness
  • System and device review

Cyber Essentials FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Not only does Cyber Essentials confirm that you adhere to an industry recognised set of criteria, we find that many clients gain competitive advantage over their peers who do not hold a similar certification.

We recommend that our clients renew their Cyber Essentials certificate annually to ensure that it is relevant – as of April 2020, certificates will be issued with a 12 month expiry date.


Time to complete the process varies on the level of compliance that you have. For a Self Assessment, we aim to complete and issue certificates within 24 hours – if support is required then the time will reflect this.

Yes. The assessment is based online and completed within our Periculo Portal – this means that you can revisit your assessment when required and at your own pace.

If you fail the assessment we allow for two working days to review and make any changes to your network and systems to comply – it will be reviewed within this time frame at no extra charge. Unfortunately if you fail this too you will have to pay the fee again for a new assessment.

We offer a range of ways to complete the assessment including a supported version. Our consultants will go through the test in advance and highlight any gaps and give you a remediation plan to complete before submitting the assessment.

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