Cyber Essentials &
Cyber Essentials Plus Certification

At Onyx IT, we understand the paramount importance of cybersecurity in today’s digital age. With cyber threats evolving at an unprecedented rate, ensuring your business’s data and IT infrastructure are protected is not just a necessity—it’s a critical aspect of maintaining trust, integrity, and the ongoing success of your enterprise. This is where our specialized services in guiding you through the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certification processes come into play.

Why Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported scheme designed to help organizations of all sizes. Certification assures your clients, investors, and partners that you take cybersecurity seriously and have measures in place to mitigate potential cyber threats to your systems and data.

Key benefits of obtaining Cyber Essentials certification include:

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Protecting Against Common Threats

Implementing just the five controls required for certification can address up to 80% of common cyber-attacks.
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Demonstrate Security

Showcase to your stakeholders that your organization prioritizes and actively invests in cybersecurity.
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Win More Business

Many government contracts, and government suppliers require Cyber Essentials certification, making it a must-have for securing public sector work.
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Elevating Security with Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus offers a higher level of assurance through the independent testing of your organization’s security controls—making sure that you not only have the right tools and policies but that they are mitigating your cyber threats.

This includes a more detailed assessment that involves:

  • A full scan of your systems to detect vulnerabilities.
  • A full audit and a penetration test.
  • An internal scan and assessment of your network.

How Onyx IT Makes the Process Seamless

Understanding the importance and complexity of achieving these certifications, Onyx IT is here to make your journey to Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus as smooth and straightforward as possible.

Our Process:


Initial Assessment

We begin with an initial assessment to understand your current cybersecurity posture and identify what needs to be done to meet the certification requirements.

Guidance and Implementation

Our team of cybersecurity experts will guide you through implementing the necessary controls, policies, and procedures to meet the standards required for certification.

Certification Process

Onyx IT handles the application process for you, from submitting the necessary documentation to coordinating with the certification body.

Ongoing Support

Post-certification, we provide ongoing support to ensure that your cybersecurity measures remain robust and compliant with the latest standards and threats.

Why Choose Onyx IT?

Choosing Onyx IT as your partner in achieving Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certification means opting for peace of mind. Our dedicated team not only understands the intricacies of these certifications but also prioritizes your organization’s unique needs and challenges throughout the process.

With Onyx IT, you’re not just getting a service provider; you’re gaining a partner committed to enhancing your cybersecurity posture, protecting your operations, and bolstering your business’s reputation.

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Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organizations protect themselves against common online threats. Cyber Essentials Plus is the higher level of certification, offering a more comprehensive verification process that includes a hands-on technical verification of your systems.
Achieving Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates your commitment to cyber security. It reassures customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber threats and it can also enhance your business opportunities, as many governmental and industry contracts require this certification.
Onyx provides a full range of services to support your certification process for both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. This includes initial assessment, guidance through the certification process, assistance in implementing necessary security controls, and support in completing the certification assessments.
Our team guides you through the entire process, from an initial security audit to identify areas for improvement to implementing the required security controls. We ensure your IT infrastructure complies with the Cyber Essentials criteria before you undergo the certification process.
The main difference is the level of assurance and testing provided. Cyber Essentials certification is self-assessed, requiring you to complete a questionnaire that is then verified by an external certifier. Cyber Essentials Plus involves a more detailed assessment, including a technical audit of your systems conducted on-site by a certifier.
The time frame can vary depending on the current state of your cyber security practices. Typically, with Onyx’s support, businesses can achieve Cyber Essentials certification within a few weeks. Cyber Essentials Plus might take longer, depending on the need for additional security measures and the scheduling of the on-site assessment.
Yes, to maintain certification, your business must re-certify annually. This ensures that your cyber security measures remain up to date against evolving threats. Onyx offers ongoing support to help you maintain your certification and improve your security practices over time.