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Organisations can use certification to reassure customers that they have a defined level of cyber security to protect their data.

It can also be a way of benchmarking the security measures that are already in place and help prioritise improvement plans.

Have you considered the impact of a cyber attack? Hiscox data finds the average cost of a cyber attack to an SME is £25,736. An added benefit for those passing Cyber Essentials through IASME certification bodies is free Cyber Insurance for £25,000 Conditions apply

Whitgift Security can help you prepare for Cyber Essentials and IASME certifications providing a customised improvement plan to enable you to pass the certifications. Like an MOT these certifications should be updated annually.

Whitgift Security is a certification body for Cyber Essentials, IASME Governance and IASME Audited accreditations.

What are the standards?

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is the UK Government-backed and industry-supported scheme for a basic level of protection against cyber attack.

For more information on the standard click here

IASME Governance

The IASME Governance Standard has been tailored specifically for small companies. It is a realistic and affordable way for SMEs to demonstrate that they are following best practice, and have taken into account the requirements of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

For more information on the standard click here


A copy of the Cyber Essentials questions or A copy of the IASME Governance questions

Cyber Essentials Workbook

IASME governance and Cyber Essentials v10.9 WS


For a comparison of the Cyber Essentials is the IASME Governance Standard available


Levels of Certification:

Self – Assessment

The organisation answers questions about how security is managed within their organisation. To pass certification most questions need to be answered positively. A board member asserts that the questions have been answered honestly.

The questions are marked by an accredited assessor who is a security professional and has been through training and licensed with IASME.

See FAQ for common Questions about Self-Assessments.

Audited Assessment

Having passed the basic self-assessment, organisations can opt to upgrade their certifications to Cyber Essentials Plus and/or IASME Governance Audited.
Security measures are verified by an independent auditor, providing further proof you are following the requirements of your chosen standard.
Organisations are expected to complete audited certification with 3 months of having passed the self-assessment level.

See FAQ for common Questions about
Cyber Essentials Plus and/or IASME Governance Audited

Cyber Essentials Certification Fees

For Cyber Essentials:-
£300 +VAT

For Cyber Essentials Plus Typical from £1250 +VAT

IASME Governance Certification Fees

For IASME Governance :-

For IASME Governance Audited :-Typical from £2200 +VAT

Terms and Conditions

See the certificates terms and conditions here

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