Cyber Essentials Scheme

What is Cyber Essentials?

The Cyber Essentials scheme is a world-leading, cost-effective assurance mechanism for companies of all sizes to help demonstrate to customers and other stakeholders that the most important basic cyber security controls have been implemented.

Cyber Essentials helps you to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security and has the additional advantage of driving business efficiency, in line with GDPR whilst also saving money and improving productivity. The Cyber Essentials scheme provides five security controls, that, according to the UK government, could prevent “around 80% of cyber attacks”…

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Government Backed

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation.

GDPR Ready

Cyber Essentials can help businesses identify data security best practices and move towards GDPR compliance.

Tender for Large Projects

Cyber Essentials will give you the opportunity tender for large projects and work with the UK Government.


A requirement if you work with highly regulated industries and gives a better change of winning contracts

Why achieve your Cyber Essentials certification with MFG?

There are several accreditation bodies for Cyber Essentials and each body has a number of certifying bodies. So why work with MFG? That’s easy! With over 10 years’ experience in providing IT support and Cyber Security consultancy to many SMEs, we take a more personal approach with all of our clients and help their businesses achieve Cyber Essentials, whilst also implementing every-day measures to significantly reduce their vulnerability.

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Why trust MFG?

MFG have achieved their ISO 27001 accreditation.  By gaining the ISO 27001 status, MFG have been able to secure information in all its forms, increase their resilience to cyber attacks, and thus, are well positioned to offer practical advice on more advanced cyber security strategies.

Our sister company MFG Managed Encryption has fueled our mission to continually seek the latest technological developments in data security. We work with our clients to enhance their understanding of data security whilst offering unbiased advice.

Cyber Essentials Improves Business Efficiency

Together with achieving your Cyber Essentials Certification, these controls provide the basic level of protection that you need to implement in your organisation to protect it from the vast majority of cyber attacks, allowing you to focus instead on your core business objectives.

Properly implemented cyber security has the additional advantage of driving business efficiency throughout the organisation; saving money and improving productivity.

Give you your first step towards GDPR Compliance

Cyber Essentials can help businesses identify data security best practices and move towards GDPR compliance.

Protected against approximately 80% of cyber attacks

Most importantly, implementing the five controls correctly will help you protect your organisation against data security attacks.

Demonstrate security and help secure the supply chain

Help you demonstrate your commitment to protecting both your own data and that of your customers and suppliers.

Increase chances of securing business

Cyber Essentials certification will help boost your reputation and give you a better chance of winning contracts.

Drive Business Efficiency

Focus on your core business objectives knowing that you are protected from the vast majority of common cyber attacks.

Work with the UK Government and MoD

Depending on the focus of your business, Cyber Essentials will give you the opportunity to work with the UK Government.

Potentially reduce cyber insurance premiums

Cyber insurance agencies look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification.

Includes FREE Cyber Insurance with IASME

Organisations that achieve Cyber Essentials certification via The IASME Consortium or any of their approved certification providers will receive Cyber Insurance

Cyber Essentials

MFG will conduct external vulnerability scans of your network and applications. The next step is to submit the self-assessment questionnaire through the CyberComply portal. MFG will guide you through the Cyber Essentials process and complete the relevant documentation to allow you to get your certification in the most efficient way possible. Our self-assessment option gives you protection against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks. The certification process has been designed to be light-weight and easy to follow.

Cyber Essentials Plus

The Cyber Essentials Plus certification can only be obtained by a business after the Cyber Essentials Standard has been awarded and is ideal for businesses who want to tender for large value projects in highly regulated industries. MFG will conduct both external and internal vulnerability scans of your network and applications. The protections you need to have in place are the same as Cyber Essentials Standard, but the verification of your cyber security is carried out independently by an external Certification Body and offers a higher level of assurance through the external testing of the businesses cyber security approach.

What happens next?

When you pass the assessment, you will be awarded the Cyber Essentials badge to demonstrate that you achieved certification. By completing your Cyber Essentials certification through MFG, you will also receive policy templates completed with your branding, covering IT disposal policy, password policy and BYOD policy.

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Next steps: Improve your security now

Whether you are at the start of your compliance journey, or if you already have a mature security programme in place…. We have a team of account managers here at MFG UK to discuss your Cyber Essentials certification.

Get in touch with MFG today for more information on Cyber Essentials and our application process.

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"MFG have seamlessly taken us through the process "

Cyber security and certification can be overwhelming and less than straightforward. Not with the team at MFG though. For the second year they have seamlessly taken us through the process to gain our Cyber Essentials certification. Special thanks to Ash whose patience knows no limits.

Steve Ambrose

Head of IT & Digital, Newbury News & Media Ltd

"Workshop was really useful"

The workshop was really useful in gaining an overview of the key elements of GDPR. It was explained in an open forum way that allowed all participants to look from not only their perspective but other business genres and how as a whole this will affect many of your day to day business interactions. It gave us a framework to go away and plan our own requirements and focussed on areas we needed further specific industry guidance on.

Diane Simmons

Director, Douglas and Simmons

On our way to GDPR compliance

“MFG were great. Their fixed cost Cyber Essentials program guided us through the Cyber Essentials certification with ease and we’re on our way to GDPR compliance as a result.”

Peter Olive

CEO, Vortex6

Cyber Essentials Cost Calculator

Complete the form below, describing the number of users, devices and giving us a brief overview of your organisation, the nature of your business and the technical infrastructure you use. A member of our Cyber Security team contact you as soon as possible.

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