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Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is the UK government-backed cyber security certification for small businesses. As well as helping you to guard against the most common threats, certification shows your customers, employees and investors that you take cyber security seriously.

If you’re serious about security, prove it

Cyber Essentials in brief

To achieve certification your organisation will need to meet requirements in five control areas:

  • Firewalls and routers
  • Software updates
  • Malware protection
  • Access control
  • Secure configuration


Depending on the size of your company, you can seek certification for the whole organisation or for specific subsidiaries or business areas.

We’ll help you define the scope of your certification, review your current cyber security defences, help you to create and implement a plan to meet the requirements and take you through the certification process.

Why choose Cyber Essentials?


Protect your IT systems against the most common cyber attacks – and avoid exposing your organisation as a target for more serious threats.


Boost your reputation as a credible organisation by demonstrating to customers and investors that you are committed to IT security.


With a better understanding of external threats and the potential risk points in your IT systems you can back up your growth plans with an appropriate security strategy. 


Cyber Essentials certification may be required for government contracts – and it provides a good base for broader data protection compliance. 

Certification Options

The government scheme offers two levels of certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. In addition, through our partnership with CyberSmart, Seeto is pleased to also offer CyberSmart Active Protect – year-round compliance and protection.

Cyber Essentials

A self-assessment option which checks that you are protected from the most common cyber attacks. We’ll help you to gather the relevant data, answer the questions and address any flaws that may prevent you from achieving certification. 

Cyber Essentials Plus

This option covers the same technical scope but with an additional remote technical assessment by a qualified Cyber Essentials assessor for extra peace of mind. We can also offer on-site audits if required.

Four steps to Cyber Essentials Certification:

  1. Review your current Cyber Essentials status
  2. Create a plan to meet the Cyber Essentials standard
  3. Assist with the implementation of required controls and policies
  4. Complete and submit the Cyber Essentials questionnaire to our partner, CyberSmart, an accredited certification body

Those who wish to continue to Cyber Essentials Plus will also undergo a fully remote technical audit by a friendly, qualified Cyber Essentials Plus assessor

Seeto + CyberSmart Active Protect

The Cyber Essentials certification is like your MOT – it only confirms that you’re protected at the time of the assessment. But in a fast-growing company – and with remote working becoming increasingly common – new users, devices and systems will quickly change the overall security profile.

With the CyberSmart Active Protect app installed on your devices, we will help you monitor and maintain Cyber Essentials compliance continuously.

The app assesses the device’s security status every 15 minutes and notifies you – or your Seeto Concierge contact – via the CyberSmart Dashboard.

Talk to us about year-round protection with CyberSmart.


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