Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus – FAQs

How do I become Cyber Essentials certified?

Download the questionnaire here Complete it, ensuring all questions are answered and a board level officer has signed at the bottom. Submit using the secure upload page on our website. We’ll assess it in as little as 24hrs if you chose the expedited service and request clarifications if required – we don’t just fail you if you’ve made a mistake or omission, we give you every chance to pass.

How long does Cyber Essentials Certification last?

Suppliers to Government are required to hold a certificate that has been issued in the past 12 months, this is also a requirement of Indelible Data’s Accreditation Body QG Management Standards. Those companies that choose not to re-certify will be removed from its Register.

What is the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certification?

Cyber Essentials is a self-assessment exercise. Answers you give are assessed and clarifications are issued as required. Cyber Essentials Plus involves, in most cases, a technical audit at your premises. We use scanning software called Nessus to look for weaknesses in externally accessible ports and services that could make your company vulnerable, as well as checking that key software is correctly patched. In short, the Plus Certification offers a higher level of assurance.

How long does it take to get Cyber Essentials Certification?

With Indelible Data, you could receive your certificate in as little as 24hrs by using our expedited service. How quickly you achieve the Certification however depends on how quickly you can meet the requirements should we request clarifications.

For Plus certification, please allow 4-8 weeks depending upon availability.

How much is Cyber Essentials Certification?

We charge as little as £300+VAT for assessment and Certification if you have used the services of an Accredited Cyber Essentials (ACE) Practitioner.

The expedited service costs £495 plus VAT while the standard five-day service without Practitioner assistance cost £350 plus VAT.

The cost for Cyber Essentials Plus starts from £1300 plus expenses.

What is an ACE Practitioner?

ACE Practitioners are trained and accredited by Cyber Essentials Accreditation Body QG Management Standards, assisted by Indelible Data, to help companies implement the requirements of the standard. You can find a list of Practitioners here

Where do I get the Cyber Essentials Questionnaire?

Download the questionnaire here

Cyber Essentials checklist

  • Make sure the questionnaire is signed by a board-level officer
  • Make sure the Questionnaire is dated
  • Answer every question
  • Use our secure upload page to submit