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Cyber Essentials Certification made easy

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation against the most common cyber attacks. A&O IT Group are an IASME approved Certification Body and make getting certified easy.

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What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme that helps organisations of all sizes protect themselves from growing cyber security threats.

There are two levels of certification - Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

The scheme is run by IASME in association with the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). IASME are responsible for training and licensing Certification Bodies, such as A&O IT Group in consulting services to help you achieve these certifications.

Benefit from Cyber Essentials Accreditation

With Cyber Essentials and the enhanced Cyber Essentials Plus accreditations, you can learn how to minimise the risk of a cyber attack on your business.

Get certified quickly with our flexible and supportive service, starting from £300 +VAT plus free cyber insurance*.

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Protection from up to 98% of cyber threats.

Get a clear picture of your organisation's cyber security

Attract new business through reassurance you're secure

Show customers you take cyber security seriously

The ability to bid on certain Government, MOD and healthcare contracts

£25,000 free cyber insurance once certified*

The right Cyber Essentials Package for you

We are proud to offer the right level of support for your business. Below are some of our most popular packages which will be customised to your specific needs and objectives.

Cyber Essentials


  • All registration fees and setup
  • Cyber Essentials Certification
  • 1 free retest
  • Free £25k cyber insurance*

Cyber Essentials


  • All registration fees and setup
  • Pre-assessment
  • Consultation with a cyber expert
  • Cyber Essentials Certification
  • 1 free retest
  • Free £25k cyber insurance*

Cyber Essentials Plus

Advanced Protection

  • All registration fees and setup
  • Pre-assessment
  • Consultation with a cyber expert
  • Vulnerability scanning (up to 10 external ip addresses)
  • Cyber Essentials Certification
  • Cyber Essentials Plus Certification
  • Free £25k cyber insurance*

*All prices quoted include the cost of the Cyber Essentials and / or Cyber Essentials Plus certification(s) as stipulated by IASME. Costs are dependent on organisation size, exclude VAT and are subject to a final quote. Free insurance is applicable to UK organisations if the basic certification covers the entire organisation - full details are available on the IASME website.

What our customers say

Our high service standard, expert consultants and flexible approach keep our loyal customers returning to us time after time.

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A&O IT Group supported my healthcare company in achieving Cyber Essentials. Their help made the process really easy to navigate. I was so impressed, I invited them to carry out security awareness training for my network of healthcare entrepreneurs.

Clare Henson | Owner

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We were really impressed with A&O IT Group when it came to renewing our Cyber Essentials Plus Certification. They were responsive, helpful and made the process straight forward.

Tony Smit | Managed Services Consultant



When was Cyber Essentials launched?

The Cyber Essentials scheme was launched on 5th June 2014 and is developed and operated by National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Is Cyber Essentials mandatory?

Whilst Cyber Essentials is not mandatory for all organisations, certification is required for certain Government, MOD and Healthcare contracts.

A&O IT Group would always recommend organisations to have Cyber Essentials at the bare minimum to protect themselves from growing cyber threats. It is a relatively small investment compared to the potential consequences of an attack.

How often is Cyber Essentials Certification required?

Once issued, Cyber Essentials certificates have a 12-month expiry. It is recommended to renew your contract on an annual basis.

A&O IT Group will send you a reminder ahead of your expiry so you don't need to worry about forgetting.

Can organisations outside of the UK gain Cyber Essentials certification?

Yes, overseas organisations are able to become Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certified.

Where can my organisation display the Cyber Essentials logo or certificate?

Organisations with Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications get added to a public register. The logo can be added to your website as well as your email signature.

How much does Cyber Essentials cost?

In January 2022 IASME adopted a tiered pricing structure for Cyber Essentials certification with prices ranging from £300 +VAT for 'Micro' (0-9 employees) organisations to £500 +VAT for 'Large' (250+ employees) organisations. Certification bodies will also charge for consultancy and guidance required.

The cost for Cyber Essentials Plus varies but is around £1900 +VAT. 

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