UK Only

Please note that the Cyber Essentials scheme is focused on the United Kingdom. However, if you are interested in engaging us outside of this scheme for a similar type of test, please contact us for more details.

Cyber Essentials Certification

A primary objective of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy is to make the UK a safer place to conduct business online. GDS is a Certification Company under the defined assessment framework to certify organizations to the UK Government "Cyber Essentials" scheme, which forms a key deliverable of this strategy.

The Cyber Essentials scheme identifies some fundamental technical security controls that an organization needs to have in place to help defend against internet-borne threats. By deploying these controls, organizations can defend against the most common form of basic cyber attacks emanating from the Internet.

Selected by industry experts, the technical controls within the scheme reflect those covered in well-established standards, such as the ISO/IEC 27000 series, the Information Security Forum’s Standard of Good Practice for Information Security and the Standard for Information Assurance for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.

What does the Cyber Essentials scheme address?

The Cyber Essentials scheme provides guidance to help all sizes of organizations measure their defenses against common forms of cyber attacks. The systems that fall under the scope of the Cyber Essentials scheme include Internet connected end-user devices (desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones) and Internet connected systems (e.g. email, web and application servers).

Additional Resources

Additional details about the Cyber Essentials scheme can be found below:

  • Cyber Essentials Overview - The overview of the scheme on the website of the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • CREST Cyber Essentials - CREST Cyber Essentials overview, including details of the assessment framework used

If you would like to learn more about Cyber Essentials Certification, please email us, or call us on 0845-643-9220.