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Understanding Cyber Essentials Plus

In today's digital world, cybersecurity is more important than ever before. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are not immune to cyber-attacks, which can compromise their data and damage their reputation.

That's why SMEs need IT and cyber support services to protect their businesses. Among these services, Cyber Essentials Plus is a valuable option that SMEs should consider. In this blog post, we'll explain what Cyber Essentials Plus is and why it's essential for the security of SMEs.

What is Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed scheme that enables SMEs to demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity. It consists of five security controls that businesses must implement. These controls are: boundary firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, malware protection, and patch management. When a business complies with these controls, it can obtain the Cyber Essentials certification. Cyber Essentials Plus goes beyond the Cyber Essentials certification by requiring an independent assessment of the business's security measures.

Why is Cyber Essentials Plus important for SMEs

Cyber Essentials Plus provides two significant benefits to SMEs. Firstly, it helps SMEs protect their sensitive data and confidential information. Cyber Essentials Plus assesses a business's security measures against a baseline standard. Any vulnerabilities or weaknesses in the measures are identified, and the business can take action to address them. Secondly, Cyber Essentials Plus demonstrates to customers, partners, and suppliers that the business takes cybersecurity seriously. By obtaining the certification, SMEs can get a competitive edge by showing their commitment to security.

How does Cyber Essentials Plus assessment work?

Cyber Essentials Plus assessment involves a qualified assessor conducting security tests on a business's IT systems. The assessment includes vulnerability scans, manual checks, and penetration testing. The assessor will identify any weaknesses or vulnerabilities and provide a report on the measures that need improvement. The business has up to 30 days to address the issues before the assessor conducts a re-test. If the business addresses the issues, it can obtain the Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

What are the benefits of partnering with an IT and cyber security services provider for Cyber Essentials Plus?

Partnering with an IT and cyber support services provider has several benefits for SMEs seeking Cyber Essentials Plus certification. IT and cyber experts can provide guidance and support to businesses during the certification process. They can help SMEs understand the requirements of the scheme, identify areas that need improvement, and execute measures to address vulnerabilities. Moreover, IT and cyber support services providers can help SMEs maintain their Cyber Essentials Plus certification by continually assessing and improving their cybersecurity measures.


In conclusion, Cyber Essentials Plus is a critical certification for SMEs seeking to protect their business and reputation. It helps businesses achieve a baseline standard of security and demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity. SMEs can benefit from partnering with an IT and cyber support services provider to obtain and maintain Cyber Essentials Plus certification. At Ratcliff IT, we provide IT and cyber support services, including Cyber Essentials Plus certification, to businesses with 10 to 100 staff in and near London. We understand your business, people, culture, and operations and offer enjoyable, friendly, bespoke, and fixed fee services. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you protect your business from cyber threats.


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