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Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials, the UK governments baseline of Cyber Security. Get Cyber Essentials certification with Hedgehog Security. No fuss, no headaches, all the help. Whether you simply need access to the audit portal because you have it all in hand already or you need your company hand holding through the entire Cyber Essentials journey, we are here. We have a dedicated team of highly skilled specialists to help with every aspect from advice, to implementation and audit.

We have over ten years of experience at the forefront of cybersecurity and we were there at the start of the Cyber Essentials scheme. Our CISO team had worked with some of the world’s largest and most complex businesses and industries. We have a deep understanding of both existing and emerging threats, as well as their rapidly changing tactics, techniques and procedures.

Our Cyber Essentials specialists are here to carry out all manner of services for your business to help you achieve a passing certificate. Cyber Essentials is the Government-backed, industry-supported foundation for basic cybersecurity hygiene. The scheme guides organisations of any size in protecting themselves against cyber threats. You can read more about the UK Government’s scheme and more in-depth information on the audit process in our audit guide.

Cyber Essentials has you covered

More than 2000 successful audits prove we know what we are doing.

Cost effective, simple and hassle-free

Rapid turn-around

Real support from a CISO

Pre-Submission Checks

Two levels to maximised security

Cyber Essentials

The foundation level is an independently verified self-assessment. You complete an online assessment questionnaire which is approved by a Senior Executive of your business. Upon submission, we will independently review and confirm your responses. If successful, we will award you the requisite certificate and badge that you can display on your company website.

1. IASME-certifications for Cyber Essentials upon successful completion of all elements;

2. Access to the IASME portal where you will submit your self assessment questionnaire (SAQ);

3. A precheck of your self-assessment answers by one of our security experts prior to submission, to ensure you have addressed all compliance requirements; and

4. Free cyber insurance and support.

  • Online questions
  • 4-hour turnaround
  • Assessment only
  • Pre-submission review

Cyber Essentials Plus

The next stage of your security journey and involves both independent internal and external tests of your network and computers. You must have been awarded the foundation level certification in the last three months before you can proceed with accreditation. Successful accreditation provides a higher level of assurance. It demonstrates that your organisation has a robust cyber security regime. It shows that controls are present to maintain a vigorous defence against Internet-based attacks.

1. A precheck of your Cyber Essentials questionnaire answers by one of our security experts, to ensure you have addressed all compliance requirements

2. Access to the IASME portal where you will submit your selfassessment;

3. An on-site assessment; and internal vulnerability scans;

4. External vulnerability scans; and your Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certificates

  • Remote or onsite assessment
  • Both CE and CE+ Certificates
  • Assessment Only
  • Pre-submission review

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Cyber Essentials Policy Pack

Implement the core policies required for Cyber Essentials

Significantly reduce the time to compliance by using our templated Cyber Security Policies designed for the small business.


Vulnerability Scanning

Be compliant with the Cyber Essentials requirements for Vulnerability Scanning

Receive monthly vulnerability scan reports for up to 5 externally facing systems, as required by the Cyber Essentials Standard

The certification process explained

Hedgehog Cyber are authorised by IASME to perform certifications. We would be delighted to assist and support the achievement of your certificate.

Cyber Essentials

You complete an online assessment questionnaire which is approved by a Senior Executive within your business. Upon submission, we will perform an independent review and verify your responses.

If successful, we will award you the requisite certificate and badge that you can then use within your marketing material and can display on your company website. The process is reasonably rapid, and our average turnaround on reviewing the submission is 4 hours.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Following successful certification against the foundation level, you may apply for Cyber Essentials Plus certification, which must be within three months of completing the Cyber Essentials level. If the gap is longer than three months, then it must be re-certified.

Once the assessment scope is determined, we will arrange to either visit to your site by one of our consultants or send you one of our appliances. We will then conduct a range of external and internal technical verification tests of your network and web application security. For the external scans, we use our [secure] scanner platform. For the internal scans, we use either our appliance or a local copy of Nessus Professional on our consultant’s laptop.

We will assess several systems randomly chosen from the scope pool of machines. The scope pool is at least 10% of each different build. Our team will be able to advise you more about this.

As a result of the ongoing assessment, it may be necessary for us to advise you to make changes for you to attain the certification successfully. In some cases, we can perform those changes through our CISO team.

The average turnaround time for a Cyber Essentials Plus certification is 24 hours.

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