Keeping your business safe

Cyber Essentials (CE) was developed as part of the UK’s National Cyber Security Programme and is supported by both government and industry to give organisations the guidelines needed to protect themselves against cyber-attacks.

To achieve Cyber Essentials, an organisation is required to review the controls it takes to mitigate the risks from common cyber threats, including: Secure Configuration, Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways, Access Control and Administrative Privilege Management, Patch Management, Malware Protection. Organisations gaining self certification to Cyber Essentials also qualify for up to £25,000 of cyber liability insurance should an incident or data breach occur.


There are two levels of certification that your organisation can apply for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. Our experienced consultants have a wealth of knowledge and are best placed to review and prepare your business for security audits, as well as offering practical and pragmatic advice and guidance to steer your cyber security planning along the right path.

Cyber Essentials - Standard Level of Certification
This level of certification comprises of a self-assessment questionnaire, the responses of which are independently verified to ensure that your identified systems meet the requirements of Cyber Essentials.

Cyber Essentials Plus - Advanced Level of Certification
To successfully achieve this level of certification you need to me able to demonstrate that security is an integral part of the organisations culture in line with the Governments 10 Steps to Cyber Security. The certification is awarded once your internal systems are tested and an on-site assessment has been carried out by a certified body.


Defining an effective IT security strategy which is right for your business is critical to its success. Sapphire know how to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your information, in line with the risk appetite of your business. One size does not fit all. In addition to Cyber Essentials, we deliver consultancy services across: ISO 27001, PCI DSS, CISO as a Service, COBIT5, Business Continuity and Data Protection.

As one of only 42 organisations in the UK to have achieved this level of certification, Sapphire is trained and licensed to assess and certify against the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme. We are also available to advise you on achieving Cyber Essentials certification and to guide you through the process.

For more information on how Sapphire can work with you to guide you through the process, please contact 0845 58 27001.