Cyber Essentials

Secure Your Business,

Get Certified.

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help businesses & organisations protect themselves against common online threats. Establish how secure your IT & Data network is with a Cyber Essentials audit. Identify and remedy gaps in your IT security before the Cyber Criminal do it for you. Both schemes will need to be renewed annually to ensure your IT still meets requirements.

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials protects your business against the most common internet based attacks. You’ll have to verify your IT meets the standards, then complete a questionnaire. If you get stuck or just don’t have the time, we offer a range of support packages.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus involves the same questionnaire, but also includes on-site auditing and vulnerability assessments carried out by a certification body, such as Astec. See our Cyber Essentials Plus process for more information.

Stay Secure

Cyber Essentials ensures that you have the basic security measures in place, so your business is protected against 80% of the most common cyber attacks.

Gain Trust

Demonstrate to prospects and clients that their data is safe in your business. You’ll also be able to tender for contracts where Cyber Essentials is a prerequisite.

Pass Guaranteed

If you don’t pass, we offer a free retest within 30 days of your last submission to ensure you get your certification (only with fully managed support packages).

Astec's Cyber Essentials Fully Managed Process

Communication is everything. From our first interaction, you will receive a clear outline of the steps it will take to get your Cyber Essentials certification. Here’s a brief overview of the process.

Stage 1: On-Site Interview

One of our experienced and qualified consultants meets with you at your offices to understand your business and technology, and defines the scope of your Cyber Essentials process.

Stage 2: Technology Audit

Our trained technician will carry out an audit of your technology and produces a gap report to show what needs addressing for compliance. Different levels of audit and testing will apply for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Stage 3: Closing the Gaps

Where needed, we will offer you solutions for any security gaps or work with your existing technology provider to advise them of the requirements.

Stage 4: Guided Questionnaire

With the gaps addressed, we supply you with a self-assessment questionnaire, but don’t worry, you’re not on your own when completing it! We will guide you through the questions and answers for a successful application.

Stage 5: Certification

With the application signed off by a director of the business, we submit your application. On successful completion, you will be awarded your Cyber Essentials certificate. You’ll also get the option to book with us again for your annual renewal and we’ll provide you with options for managing your security in the meantime along with any other recommendations.

Packages and Pricing

Cyber Essentials Guided

Our guided process is designed for those businesses who are happy to run their own process but would benefit from expert guidance and advice.


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Cyber Essentials Fully Managed

Choose this stress free option for Astec to fully manage the process on your behalf, including on-site interviews and auditing.


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Cyber Essentials Plus Fully Managed

Cyber Essentials Plus requires more intensive security auditing and offers a higher level of accreditation and security for your IT systems. Increasingly a prerequisite for key supplier relationships.


Found the perfect package, or still unsure which is right for your business? Get in touch.

Ready to start your Cyber Essentials journey?

Call us on 0800 0150971 or fill in your details below.

Tel: 01424 460 721


Sussex Office
Churchfields Business Centre
Sidney Little Road
St. Leonards on Sea
TN38 9AU

London Office
Astec Computing (UK) Ltd
3rd Floor
70 Gracechurch Street


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications?

Cyber Essentials is obtained by completing a questionnaire about your company’s technology to verify that your IT is to the Cyber Essentials standard. Cyber Essentials Plus requires the same questionnaire, and a Certification Body, such as Astec, to do some on-site auditing and vulnerability assessments.

When does the Cyber Essentials certification expire?

Security risks are constantly changing and evolving, so both Cyber Essentials certifications will need to be renewed annually to be sure your IT remains secure and meets the Cyber Essentials standards.

How much does the Cyber Essentials certification cost?

The cost of the Cyber Essentials certification is £300. Our pricing includes the certification cost plus the support charge for one of our experienced ACE practitioners time.

How much does the Cyber Essentials Plus certification cost?

Cyber Essentials Plus does not have a standard price. The cost depends on factors such as number of devices, locations, employees and network complexity. Get in touch to get your obligation free quote.

How long will the process take?

The length of the process depends on an array of factors such as the amount of devices in your infrastructure, if you’re completing a Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification, and whether you have documentation on your IT already.

Our Accreditation

Cyber Essentials
Microsoft gold partner