Cyber Essential Plus

The Cyber Essentials Plus certification offers the following advantages:


  • It includes all the benefits of Cyber Essentials and goes further to ensure that adequate cyber security measures are implemented.
  • Cyber Essentials Plus involves a technical audit to confirm that the systems within the scope of Cyber Essentials meet the necessary requirements. This includes a vulnerability assessment of a representative sample of user devices, internet gateways, and all servers with services accessible to unauthenticated internet users.


We will conduct testing on a random selection of about 10% of these systems, followed by a decision on whether additional testing is required. In addition to the standard NCSC vulnerability assessment, we can also conduct a pen test of your systems.

Cyber Essentials

Achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation provides several benefits, including:


  • Demonstrating to customers that your organization is committed to cyber security.
  • Being included in IASME/NCSC’s Directory of Organizations Awarded Cyber Essentials.
  • Attracting new clients by providing assurance that robust cyber security measures are in place.
  • Meeting the cyber security requirements for many government and local authority contracts.


UK-based SMEs with an annual turnover of less than £20 million that certify their entire organization receive free cyber liability assurance.


However, some of the self-assessment questions in the Cyber Essentials certification can be challenging to understand, especially if you lack a technical IT background or your company has a complex structure. That’s where our team of qualified cybersecurity assessors comes in. We can assist you in comprehending the assessment questions, determining their relevance to your company, and guiding you through the steps required to attain certification.

Cyber Essentials: Self Verified
  • Responses to the self-assessment questions are managed through our secure online portal, enabling you to complete the assessment with ease at a pace that suits you.
  • ​There are 88 questions in the self-assessment scheme. The questions are answered on a secure portal and marked by Forti5 Technologies.
  • ​On successful completion of the assessment, you can display the Cyber Essentials badge on your website along with supporting, publicity material.
  • Furthermore, you will be entitled to one year’s coverage on our complimentary ISAME cyber security insurance.
  • This is a cost-effective route to certification for businesses that have a strong IT department or compliance with other security schemes (such as ISO27001).
Cyber Essentials: Assisted Certification
  • For many SMEs the process of self-certification can be daunting.
  • Forti5 Technologies offer you the technical expertise to assist you in qualifying for Cyber Essentials.
  • ​We’ll spend half a day with you to identify the key areas you need to address and how to address these.
  • We’ll also assist you in answering the questions on the certification portal.
  • On successful completion of the assessment, your business can display the Cyber Essentials badge on your website and marketing material.
  • Furthermore, you willl be entitled to one year’s cover on our complimentary ISAME cyber security insurance.
  • We also offer additional services to help with the design of the process and controls for compliance with Cyber Essentials.
Additional Services For Cyber Essentials
  • Monthly or Annual Support including a monthly call to check that you are keeping up to date.
  • Firewall Installation set up (close ports, rules, etc. plus 2 factors) plus monthly monitoring.
  • Cyber Essentials Awareness Training. 1/2 day on-premises training.
  • Two Day Cyber Security Course Tailored for all staff.
Complement Cyber Security Insurance
A one-year complimentary cyber insurance of £25K is available for organisations:


  • With a turnover of less than £20 million
  • Who has been certified to Cyber Essentials by Forti5.
  • Provided assessment has covered the whole organisation


This will cover breaches committed by hackers, employees, ex-employees and contractors. It includes costs to engage: Legal, IT Forensics, Data Restoration, Reputational Protection, Notification costs and credit and ID Monitoring services, following an actual or suspected breach of personal or corporate information, or an IT security or system failure.


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