Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Security Assurance for Irish Organisations

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What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials (CE) is a cyber security certification scheme that offers a sound foundation of basic IT security controls that all types of organisation’s can implement and potentially build upon. Implementing these controls can significantly reduce an organisations vulnerability. The scheme specifies five key areas of IT security control that can help to prevent around 80% of known cyber-attacks. Cyber Essentials is for organisations of all sizes and in all sectors. The Cyber Essentials scheme provides businesses large and small with clarity on good basic cyber security practice.


Cyber Essentials Five Security Control Areas

The scheme requires the implementation of effective controls across five areas of standard organisational IT configurations which can help to reduce the vulnerability to cyber-attack. Further information is available from the Resources and Cyber Essentials Explained pages.

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Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways

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Secure Configuration

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User Access Control

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Malware Protection

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Patch Management


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Certification Europe has produced a simplified Cyber Essentials Questionnaire to allow you to see how ready your organisation is.

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Need some help?

Do you need some help before you apply for Cyber Essentials? Or would you like to get some advice on your next steps? Certification Europe have Approved Providers that can help you get ready for Cyber Essentials Certification.

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Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials

Requires the organisation to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, with responses independently reviewed by Certification Europe.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus

In addition to the Cyber Essentials self-assessment questionnaire, tests of the systems are carried out by Certification Europe, using a range of tools and techniques.