Cyber Essentials

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a Government backed certification introduced following concerns that organisations were not putting the basic technical controls in place to protect themselves against the most common internet-based attacks.

The Cyber Essentials scheme was developed to show organisations how
to protect themselves against low-level “commodity threat”. It lists five technical controls (access control; boundary firewalls and Internet gateways; malware protection; patch management and secure configuration) that organisations should have in place.

The vast majority of cyber attacks use relatively simple methods which exploit basic vulnerabilities in software and computer systems. There are tools and techniques openly available on the Internet which enable even low-skill actors to exploit these vulnerabilities. Properly implementing the Cyber Essentials scheme will protect against the vast majority of common internet threats.

Statistic: Annual number of ransomware attacks worldwide from 2014 to 2019 (in millions) | Statista

Common Cyber Threats

Phishing Attacks

Attempts to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details.


Malware is designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or a computer network.


Ransomware is a type of malware from that threatens to publish the victim's data or to block access to it unless a ransom is paid.

Password Guessing

An online technique that involves attempting to authenticate a particular user to the system or to attempt to sell online

Network Attacks

A network attack is an attempt to gain unauthorized access to an organisation's network.

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