Cyber Essentials for Membership Organisations, Trade Bodies and Trusted Advisors

Mar 24, 2020 | Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a Government Approved business certification scheme specifically aimed at helping businesses become more secure against internet born threats.

Key reasons why membership organisations, trade bodies and trusted advisers (insurers, banking, accountancy, business advisors, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Growth Hubs etc) should signpost their members/ clients towards Cyber Essentials are:

Cyber Security is classified by Government as a Tier 1 threat. This places cyber in the same category as terrorism. With the increased number number and sophistication of cyber-attacks, Cyber Essentials is a scheme proven to reduce the risk of an online attack by 80%.

Due to the effectiveness of Cyber Essentials, Government tenders are increasingly asking for Cyber Essentials before a contract is awarded. It is already mandated by MoD for contracts where there is MoD identifiable information. For these MoD contracts Cyber Essentials is also mandated throughout the respective supply chain. Cyber Essentials therefore enables organisations to gain and retain business.

The Forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations introduce some stringent requirements on securing and protecting data. The Regulations allow for an eye watering fine for those organisations that fail to comply (up to 4% of global turnover).  Cyber Essentials can already mitigate fines imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office and this is likely to be the case in evidencing steps to comply with GDPR.

How can IASME Support?

Branded Assessment Portal

Assessments for Cyber Essentials are conducted via an online portal. This can be conducted through the IASME portal or the portal of one of our Certification Bodies.

However, if preferred, IASME can work with you to produce an on-line portal in your own branding and offered via your own website.

Speaking opportunities

Looking for someone to provide a presentation on Cyber Security?  Subject to speaker availability, IASME, together with our network of approved Certification Bodies, can look to supply you with a speaker for your regional meetings, national meeting or annual meetings.

Similarly, if you seek media content, please contact us via [email protected] .

Please note, this blog may contain guidance and information that is outdated.

On 24th January 2022, the Cyber Essentials technical requirements were updated in line with current cyber security threats. The self-assessment question set changed from version ‘Beacon’ to version ‘Evendine’. Blogs and articles published before that date, may no longer accurately reflect the Cyber Essentials requirements.


IASME can offer cyber focussed training which is tailored to your own organisation/ association needs.

Whether its providing training to staff within a single organisation or training to group members’, IASME can either deliver one of our existing courses directly to you or, tailor the content so it meets your own requirements.

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