Cyber Essentials PLUS VS Cyber Essentials
With the enforcement of GDPR, every business has opted for Cyber Essentials certification. At this point, you may be feeling content with this step that your company has taken to prevent any threat to the company’s security. However, you can’t help but realize that there are certain businesses that are flaunting their Cyber Essentials PLUS certification while you know nothing about the difference.
You have done everything that has been deemed necessary by the UK government; successful completion of the Cyber Essentials questionnaire, receiving a badge, qualifying to bid for government contracts regarding sensitive data. So, what more can Cyber Essentials offer you with their PLUS level? Let’s find out if it’s worth the hassle and what exactly are the benefits.
Whether it’s the PLUS level or the simple one, the security scheme lays out five security controls to protect organizations against the most common cyber threats:
- Secure Configuration
- Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
- Malware Protection
- Access Control
- Patch Management
See the table below as per the requirements of each in their respective levels.
It is evident from the data provided in the above table that Cyber Essentials is merely at the external level; it focuses on completion of a self-assessment questionnaire that is verified by an external certification body and an external vulnerability scan. However, with Cyber Essentials PLUS, your security system is required to undergo an internal assessment as well. A complete internal scan is conducted by a CREST-accredited certification body.
Moreover, Cyber Essentials PLUS requires twice the number of assessments of your company’s security measures to be conducted. This is inclusive of reviewing end-user workstation build and mobile devices.
None of these facilities is provided at the simple Essentials level.
- Essentials PLUS entails a significantly greater number of Cyber assessments and hence provides you with a better grasp on your organization’s probability of risk.
- Cyber insurance agencies tend to favor organizations with Cyber Essentials PLUS certification more as opposed to Cyber Essentials certification.
- A PLUS certification lands you better chances of finalising government contracts.
- Cyber Essentials PLUS enables you to effectively work with the MOD
- A PLUS certification clearly portrays your commitment to not only protecting your own data but also that of your customers and suppliers
How Do I Certify My Organization with Cyber Essentials PLUS?
It is important to note that a company does not require a Cyber Essentials certification in order to achieve the PLUS one. Moreover, the PLUS certification is more expensive as opposed to the basic level. This should be evident from the fact that PLUS is delivered by IASME-certified experts on a project basis.
You can use CyberSmart, a smart compliance tool, to help you define the overall scope of the process and collect all the technical information.
After having finalised all the necessary information, the Cyber Essentials PLUS questionnaires are submitted with all the necessary evidence for verification. Once the verification process has been approved you would be on your way to getting the certifications.