Cyber Essentials Certification

Get certified to Cyber Essentials with us

4ARMED is a CREST-accredited Certifying Body for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government initiative to improve the security of businesses in the United Kingdom. It focuses on five key control areas:

  • Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
  • Secure Configuration
  • Access Control
  • Malware Protection
  • Patch Management

It provides clear guidance on each area and the option to achieve certification through an approved certifying body, such as 4ARMED.


Improve your Cyber Security

The statistics behind Cyber Essentials shows around 80% of common attacks can be prevented by implementing these controls.

Demonstrate Compliance

Show your clients and potential clients that you take cyber security seriously. In today's competitive, breach-aware marketplace, can you afford not to?

Win More Business

UK Government requires Cyber Essentials for an increasing number of tenders. Don't fall at the first hurdle.

Save Money

Relatively simple to implement, many businesses save money through resilience to malware and ransomware, cyber insurance discounts and better process management.

What To Expect

Cyber Essentials Engagement Process FlowThere are two levels of certification, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. As the name suggests, both have common elements but Plus has additional tests. Which one you go for depends on your business requirements. Some contracts may require Plus so make sure you’re not underselling yourselves!

Cyber Essentials

This level of Cyber Essentials involves two simple steps. A self-assessment and an external vulnerability scan.

We provide you with the questionnaire and you work through it detailing whether a required control is in place or not. When you are happy everything’s in place, return the questionnaire to us signed by a member of your board or a company director, we review the answers against a weighted scoring matrix and issue a Pass or Fail accordingly.

Once you achieve a pass at self-assessment, 4ARMED will perform an external vulnerability scan of your Internet-facing hosts to ensure there are no basic security flaws present.

We can provide templates and guidance to support you through the process. Everything you need to get certification.

Cyber Essentials Plus

At Plus level, there is an additional on-site review of your controls. A sample of in-scope workstations, laptops and mobile devices will be assessed against the five key control areas of Cyber Essentials including patching and anti-virus protection.

Next Steps

Want to discuss your requirements further? Wondering whether Cyber Essentials Certification is right for your business? There's an easy way to find out, give us a call or complete the contact form below to tell us where you're at and we will work with you to find the best solution for you.