Cyber Essential Certification

Hey there! Step into the awesome world of Elegant Systems, where we’re all about making your Cyber Essentials Certification journey as easy as a relaxing day at the beach. We know certifications might seem a tad confusing, but no sweat! We’re here to help you navigate through it, step by step. Easy as pie!

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Our Core Capabilities

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Cybersecurity Assessment and Gap Analysis

Conducting comprehensive cybersecurity assessments to evaluate the client's IT infrastructure, networks, systems, and processes against Cyber Essentials requirements.

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Performing gap analysis to identify areas where the client falls short of Cyber Essentials criteria and recommending remediation measures to address vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
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Security Controls Implementation

Assisting the client in implementing the necessary security controls and measures to meet Cyber Essentials requirements, such as secure configuration, access control, and malware protection

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Configuring firewalls, antivirus software, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and other security solutions to protect against common cyber threats and attacks.
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Policy Development and Documentation

Developing cybersecurity policies, procedures, and documentation tailored to the client's specific business needs and compliance requirements

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Creating incident response plans, data protection policies, acceptable use policies, and other essential documents to establish a strong cybersecurity posture
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Continuous Monitoring and Compliance

Implementing continuous monitoring and auditing mechanisms to track compliance with Cyber Essentials requirements and identify potential security incidents or deviations from security policies

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Conducting periodic security assessments and vulnerability scans to evaluate the effectiveness of security controls and identify emerging threats

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed scheme proven to protect organisations against common cyber attacks and is a requirement for government contracts.

What's the Deal with Cyber Essentials Certification?

So, imagine your organization as a superhero in the digital world, and Cyber Essentials is like the superhero cape – your badge of honor for online safety. The government says, “Hey, if you’re handling important info, you need this Cyber Essentials thing.” It’s like a checklist for your digital armor, covering basics like strong computer walls (firewalls), up-to-date software, and protection against computer bugs (malware).

Navigating the Cyber Essentials Challenge

Now, let’s talk about the challenges you might face on this superhero quest. First up, time – getting this Cyber Essentials badge can take a bit. Then there’s the people factor; you might need a few extra hands to check everything. And don’t forget those regular checkups (audits); they can feel like homework you didn’t sign up for.

Oh, and every computer system is like a different flavor of ice cream – vanilla, chocolate, you name it. Making sure they all follow the rules is like trying to juggle different toppings without dropping any!

Cyber Security Challenges
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Elegant Systems: Your Trusted Sidekick in the Digital Realm:

But fear not Elegant Systems is here to be your trusty sidekick in this superhero adventure. We’ve crafted a tool that does all the heavy lifting for you. Think of it like a friendly robot that checks your computer settings and gives you the lowdown – “Hey, you’re good here, but maybe fix this tiny thing.” No more stressful manual work!

And guess what? We’re not a one-time fix. We’re like your superhero guardian, keeping an eye on your systems all the time, making sure you stay strong against the bad guys on the internet.


In last 2 years, we have helped more than 100 businesses save more than 25% on their annual IT spend.

Free £25,000 insurance

Get free £25k cyber insurance liability coverage when you do your certification with us.

Coverage includes:

  • Cyber and privacy liability
  • Media and advertising liability
  • Regulatory defence and penalties
  • Breach response services
  • Website recovery services
  • Data recovery costs
  • Cyber business interruption costs.

Why Elegant Systems? Because We Keep It Safe and Simple

Now, why should you choose Elegant Systems over other options? Well, we’re not about confusing techy jargon; we’re about making things easy and keeping your business safe. Your cybersecurity journey becomes smoother, and you can focus on growing your business without constantly worrying about the techy stuff.
So, if Cyber Essentials sounds like a puzzle, let Elegant Systems be your puzzle solver. Reach out, and let’s make your cybersecurity journey a piece of cake.

Frequently asked questions

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government backed scheme, to ensure businesses implement a set of basic technical controls to protect themselves against common online security threats. Cyber Essentials is suitable for all organisations, of any size, in any industry.

The 5 technical controls are:

  • Firewalls
  • Secure configurations
  • Applying access controls
  • Anti-Malware measures
  • System maintenance

Certification can be achieved in as little as 24 hours and only requires 4 steps.

1. Once you have purchased a Cyber Essentials subscription, you will be given access to our platform where you can input your evidence for the controls. Helpful tips and guidance will also be provided to support your application submission.

2. The next step is submitting your application. If you are unsure as to whether you’ve provided the right information, our experts are available on live chat for support or, alternatively, you will receive feedback on each failed check at step three.

3. One of our IASME accredited auditors will review your application and for any failed checks, will provide what steps need to be taken in order to fix them.

4. Once you have passed all your checks and a successful submission has been made, you will be provided with a digital certificate of completion as well as badges to be used in your marketing materials. You will also be added to IASME’s database of certified organisations, should your partners or customers want to verify it.

Not for CyberSmart customers. We provide an online questionnaire with clear guidance and examples of what’s required to pass each check, free support and advice as well as unlimited attempts at no extra cost.

CyberSmart operates a yearly rolling subscription. This is to ensure that you never miss your re-certification deadline or open yourself up to attacks.

Yes. It is highly advised that any company doing business in the UK, even if they are based overseas, should get certified. Not only does it demonstrate a commitment to security, but also many business contracts in the UK require organisation’s to have Cyber Essentials.

There are a number of reasons why using spreadsheets for Cyber Essentials is not advised.

  • Lack of strong security features
  • Disorganised version control
  • Manual data input and collection

Instead, we recommend using a digital portal, like CyberSmart’s, to ensure that your business’ most critical information is captured and protected. Moreover, our smart notification system will ensure that you’ll never miss re-certification or have a day without protection.

There are no known downsides to Cyber Essentials and additional certifications can be used in parallel with it. However, it is highly advised that businesses take out a Cyber Essentials Plus audit, as it ensures there is external validation of checks, as well as the added assurance of passing cyber-attack simulations. For more enhanced protection, we would also recommend products such as Active Protect, which scans your devices and software daily for any vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. It also comes with training and policy management which should reduce the likelihood of a breach.