Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials has been designed to help businesses of all sizes ensure they have the necessary core controls in place to protect themselves against cyber attacks. There are two levels to the certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. Cyber Essentials is a questionnaire-based certification, following five core technical control themes.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus is the audited version of Cyber Essentials, following the same five core technical controls of Cyber Essentials. This audit is conducted by one of our qualified Cyber Essentials auditors, who will ensure the Cyber Essentials questionnaire has been answered correctly through multiple tests.

IASME Cyber Assurance

This certification has recently been rebranded from ‘IASME Governance’, giving it a new name, logo and focus. The IASME Cyber Assurance certification was originally created to give smaller companies a more affordable and accessible form of ISO 27001, offering them an ideal way of protecting their information assets and proving their technical and procedural practices to suppliers and customers alike. Like Cyber Essentials, the certification is split into self-assessment and audited versions.

IS027001

This is an international standard that focuses on the risks associated with information security. You’ll effectively need to create an information security management system to obtain the standard. Using our experience and knowledge of the industry, we’ll help you prepare for the ISO 27001 assessments. Our diligent and skilled security team will perform a gap analysis, identifying areas of improvement and strategically roadmapping the necessary remediations.

Other Services

vSOC CERT

Use the Cyber Essentials Review Toolkit to stay compliant, monitor vulnerabilities, track progression and view remediation requirements.

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PCI DSS COMPLIANCE

Every one of your customers is trusting you to keep their data safe. This regulation relies on continuous compliance and having up-to-date security procedures, protocols and patch management. At Data Connect, we can help you keep on top of this, so you can concentrate on other areas of your business.

CYBER SECURITY ASSESSMENT (CSA)

Our experts will integrate governmental and industry frameworks within the assessment to benchmark your security controls against the industry standards. This means that the CSA goes hand in hand with any certification journey.

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Why Data Connect?

  • One Platform for Total Visibility

    With the vSOC Connect Console, feel focused and confident that you’re in control of your cyber security posture. The dashboard design is clean, user-friendly and sleek, providing you with a straightforward roadmap to obtain certification

  • Simplify the Cyber Insurance Process

    Organisations often feel like they have to jump through hoops to qualify for cyber insurance. Cyber security standards validate that you have the appropriate controls in place, simplifying the insurance process

  • External Verification Your Team Can Trust

    To become a certification body, businesses must meet specific criteria and perform tests. At Data Connect, we’re highly certified to work with a wide range of vendors and certifications

  • Streamlined Certification Process

    Our proven three-step approach to certification is assess, improve and certification. We take our time to understand your environment and business challenges, meaning that, by the certification stage, we’re confident in your ability to pass

  • An Experienced, Security-Focused Company

    At Data Connect, established as a cyber security company in 2004, we’re proud to have cyber security at our core and have designed a portfolio of services to solve the key challenges we see organisations face

  • Assurance That ROI Will Be Delivered

    At Data Connect, we see compliance as more than a simple tick-box exercise. We’ll help you gain the full value of any certification or compliance process by having both our support and all the necessary tools on hand

  • One Platform for Total Visibility

    With the vSOC Connect Console, feel focused and confident that you’re in control of your cyber security posture. The dashboard design is clean, user-friendly and sleek, providing you with a straightforward roadmap to obtain certification

  • Simplify the Cyber Insurance Process

    Organisations often feel like they have to jump through hoops to qualify for cyber insurance. Cyber security standards validate that you have the appropriate controls in place, simplifying the insurance process

  • External Verification Your Team Can Trust

    To become a certification body, businesses must meet specific criteria and perform tests. At Data Connect, we’re highly certified to work with a wide range of vendors and certifications

  • Streamlined Certification Process

    Our proven three-step approach to certification is assess, improve and certification. We take our time to understand your environment and business challenges, meaning that, by the certification stage, we’re confident in your ability to pass

  • An Experienced, Security-Focused Company

    At Data Connect, established as a cyber security company in 2004, we’re proud to have cyber security at our core and have designed a portfolio of services to solve the key challenges we see organisations face

  • Assurance That ROI Will Be Delivered

    At Data Connect, we see compliance as more than a simple tick-box exercise. We’ll help you gain the full value of any certification or compliance process by having both our support and all the necessary tools on hand

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about Data Connect or any of the certifications we work with, please get in touch today.

FAQs

There are many factors that need to be taken into account when answering this question. Some instances are: your industry, what security controls you already have in place, your budget for this project and your overall security goals. Our team are security experts with years of industry experience and have helped many organisations improve their security by using the certification process effectively. Please reach out to a member of our team, where we will be happy to talk to you about your goals and put in place a roadmap to help you achieve the best certification for you. 

You will have a dedicated security account manager on hand to answer any questions you may have about your services or certifications. On an ongoing basis, your account manager will check in and remind you of any important dates coming up. Our certification services and packages are designed with recertification in mind, to simplify the process year after year.

If an organisation has completed the Level 1 questionnaire with accuracy, they should have no problem with passing level 2.

Level 1 of Cyber Essentials requires an organisation to complete and submit a self-assessment form. This form is then marked by a certification body, e.g. Data Connect, who will give you a pass or fail result. Within the Level 2 audit, our team are there to verify your self-assessment answers are correct.

The IASME Cyber Assurance levels follows the same precedent as Cyber Essentials, however the audit is instead an onsite visit.