New international cyber security certification offers a baseline for global supply chains

Oct 9, 2023 | IASME Cyber Baseline

IASME Cyber Baseline is a new cyber hygiene certification scheme for organisations all over the world. The standard leads the way to offer global supply chains a standardised and respected certification to show that organisations have the basic but critical cyber hygiene measures in place.

IASME Cyber Baseline maps to a number of international cyber hygiene standards and best practices. Often there has formerly been no way of demonstrating compliance with these standards because they do not have assessments and certification associated with them. 

The scheme is an important first step for many organisations in proving that they are serious about cyber security. It is one pre-requisite to the next step of certifying to the comprehensive risk based and policy driven standard, IASME Cyber Assurance.

The IASME Cyber Assurance is a comprehensive, flexible, risk-based certification scheme that was developed for SMEs as an effective and legitimate alternative to ISO27001. Certification provides assurance that an organisation has put into place a range of important cyber security, privacy and data protection measures and is starting to play a key role in securing supply chains in the UK and abroad.

IASME has recently partnered with Bermuda’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner ( PrivCom) to deliver the IASME Cyber Assurance standard which allows organisations to demonstrate their compliance with Bermuda’s privacy regulations, Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).

IASME Cyber Baseline is an annually renewable certification that can:

  • Demonstrate that your organisation has the basic cyber hygiene in place to help protect your data and customers against mass automated attacks from the internet
  • Open doors to new customers and procurement frameworks, allowing your organisation to compete for contracts which require evidence of cyber security
  • Demonstrate that your organisation aligns with global cyber hygiene and cyber security frameworks* (*such as Cobit, CIS Controls v8)
  • Provide a first step towards IASME Cyber Assurance certification

The 8 themes of IASME Cyber Baseline

The IASME Cyber Baseline scheme allows every size of organisation in every sector to start their cyber security journey with simple cyber security measures along 8 themes. As organisations increase their maturity, they may choose to continue developing their security posture towards including the full 13 themes of IASME Cyber Assurance.

How does the scheme work? 

The IASME Cyber Baseline assessment consists of a verified assessment questionnaire which must be answered on the on-line assessment platform after registering for certification.  A senior member of the board or equivalent from your organisation must e-sign a document to verify that all the answers are true and then a qualified external Assessor will mark the answers. 

Download the IASME Cyber Baseline assessment questions

IASME Cyber Baseline online application form 

How much does it cost?

The pricing of IASME Cyber Baseline has a tiered structure based on organisation size. Prices start from US$390 for an assessment for micro-organisations. Small, medium and large organisations pay a little more, on a sliding scale up to a maximum of US$650 which aims to reflect the complexity involved in assessing larger organisations.

Who are IASME?

IASME is a rapidly growing, UK based, cyber security certification company. In addition to their flagship standard, IASME Cyber Assurance, IASME run five schemes to help organisations protect themselves from fraud and cybercrime. They are the sole delivery partner for the UK government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. 

The IASME Certification Bodies

IASME has a network of cyber security companies and assessors around the world who are trained and licensed to assess and certify against the IASME Cyber Baseline and Assurance standards.

Join us

If you are an IT or cyber security professional and are interested in finding out more about becoming an Assessor, why not get in touch to find out how we can work together?  To become an IASME Assessor, you will need to attend and pass the relevant Assessor course.  More details about requirements for Assessors can be gained by emailing our Training Team on [email protected]
We work with companies of all sizes; micro companies and one person organisations are welcome partners.

Upcoming Assessor training courses

Assessor training is returning to Bermuda on 18-19 October 2023. This training will be conducted in person by an IASME trainer and is open to anyone that is interested in developing their career in cyber security and data privacy and would like to attend.

  • 18th October – IASME Cyber Baseline Level One Assessor training
  • 19th October – IASME Cyber Assurance Level One and Level Two Assessor training
  • 18th October – IASME Cyber Assurance Assessor Course – Remote
  • 8th November – IASME Cyber Assurance Assessor Course – in person, Birmingham
  • 22nd November – IASME Cyber Assurance Assessor Course – Remote
  • 13th December – IASME Cyber Assurance Assessor Course – in person, Birmingham

If you are an IT or cyber security professional and would like to  find out more information or book a place on the Assessor training, email [email protected]

If you would like to enquire about Assessor training in a particular country, please get in touch  [email protected] 

“The training experience was both engaging and comprehensive, due to Peter’s enthusiasm, training experience, and friendly demeanor.” ~ Cha’Von Clarke-Joell, Assistant Commissioner/Head of Innovation, Office of the Privacy Commissioner (PrivCom)

Special Offer for Assessor training in Bermuda 

Until January 2024, purchase IASME Cyber Assurance Assessor training and receive IASME Cyber Baseline Assessor training included. Pay £500 for both Assessor training days.

Please note, there will be no further training in Bermuda this year and the two day Assessor course will increase to £1100 from January 2024. 

 Apply for IASME Baseline Certification 

Go to the IASME Cyber Baseline online application form to register for certification and make a payment.

Once your application and payment have been received, you will receive your online assessment portal log-in details so that you can enter your answers into the on-line assessment platform.

Download the IASME Cyber Baseline assessment questions