IASME – here to help

Based in the beautiful Malvern hills, IASME work alongside a network of over 280 Certification Bodies across the UK and Crown Dependencies to help certify organisations of all sizes in both cyber security and counter fraud. IASME is committed to helping businesses improve their cyber security, risk management and good governance through an effective and accessible range of certifications.
Please read on to learn about Our Schemes and About IASME .

our schemes


Cyber Essentials is an effective Government backed scheme which focuses on the five technical controls designed to guard against the most common internet based cyber security threats. It allows organisations of all sizes to demonstrate their commitment to cyber security and is now widely considered the minimum level of cyber security for businesses.

From April 1st 2020 IASME became the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Essentials Partner, responsible for the delivery of the scheme.


The IASME Governance standard was developed over several years during a government funded project to create a cyber security standard which would be an affordable and achievable alternative to the international standard, ISO27001. The associated certification allows small companies to demonstrate their level of cyber security for a realistic cost and indicates that they are taking good steps to properly protect their customers information. The IASME Governance assessment includes a Cyber Essentials assessment and GDPR requirements and is available either as a self-assessment or on-site audit.

IASME IoT Security Assured

IASME have developed the IoT Security Assured scheme to provide an essential opportunity for manufacturers to improve the security of their internet-connected devices and to show they are compliant with best-practice security. The scheme is aligned with the leading global technical standard in IoT security, ETSI’s EN 303 645 and with imminent UK IoT security legislation. It is available as a verified self-assessment and for greater assurance, as an audited version. 

IASME Counter Fraud Fundamentals (CFF) Scheme

The Counter Fraud Fundamentals scheme was developed by IASME in partnership with the Open Banking Implementation Entity. Organisations of all sizes can prove that they have the fundamental counter fraud controls in place.

Civil Aviation Authority ASSURE SCHEME

The ASSURE Scheme provides the aviation industry with a mechanism to manage their cyber security risks without compromising aviation safety, security or resilience whilst ensuring compliance with applicable regulations.

Maritime Cyber Baseline

The Maritime Cyber Baseline scheme is designed to certify the cyber security of all commercial vessels and is accessible to operators and vessels of all sizes from across the world. The scheme will allow the operators and owners of vessels to start their journey towards compliance with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management. .


IASME was founded on the principle that basic cyber security is an essential requirement for all organisations and their supply chains. We believe this requirement should not be a barrier to the smallest of organisation and the innovation they bring.

IASME celebrates diversity and our team is one of the most diverse within the sector. The company is headed by a female CEO, 60% owned by women and 40% of our management team are women.

Over 50% of IASME employees identify as neuro-diverse and IASME work closely with the UK Cyber Security Forum to train unemployed neuro-diverse adults and support them into work.

IASME believes in inclusivity and representation across every level of the company. Our diverse work team allows us to innovate and deliver in a comprehensive and relevant way.

 IASME was incorporated in 2012 to commercialise the IASME Governance Standard which was created through a UK Government funded project to develop an alternative to ISO27001 for small companies. 

In 2013 the UK Government ran a ‘call for evidence’ to find the best governance standard for all companies.  The IASME Governance standard was found to be the best standard for small organisations and IASME was consequently invited to join a small group to create what became Cyber Essentials.

 Following the launch of the Cyber Essentials scheme,  IASME was one of the 5 Accreditation Bodies that offered the assessment, but in April 2020, after a commercial tender process, IASME became the UK Government’s sole Cyber Essentials Partner. 

 In 2021, IASME was acquired by the Phenna Group. This large and dynamic group provides the resilience, support and global outlook for IASME to continue to grow. 

Headquartered in Nottingham, UK, Phenna Group’s aim is to invest and partner with selected niche, independent testing, inspection, certification and compliance ( TICC) companies that serve a variety of sectors, ensuring customers’ peace of mind by delivering first class assurance services. 



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