Why Cyber Security really matters to CEOs

Virtually every organisation relies on digital services in some way, but where there is technology there is risk.

Many organisations – smaller ones in particular – believe they are unlikely to be targeted by cyber attackers, but that is to misunderstand the nature of modern cyber crime.

In fact, the majority of criminal hackers aren’t state-sponsored agencies or activists looking for high-profile targets, and they don’t spend countless hours staking out and researching their victims.

Instead, they’re more opportunistic, using automated attacks to exploit poorly protected targets.


Working from home has accelerated the rate of Cyber attacks

Accessing an internet connection isn’t too hard, and cloud office suites and cloud applications make it seamless to transition from office to home working.

But most organisations have never before supported so many employees working remotely, and employees themselves may be unclear about best practice for working from home.

Add into the mix the challenges of dealing with security across both traditional IT and the new digital landscape simultaneously, and there is a clear need to ensure that up-to-date cybersecurity measures are in place – and fully understood by the workforce.

Top IT security risks


What is cyber essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government certification scheme that helps small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) achieve a high level of cyber security by taking basic steps such as maintaining strong password protection, up-to-date software and firewalls, and anti-malware.

Cyber Essentials Certification demonstrates your commitment to cyber security – while keeping the approach simple, and the costs low – ensuring you have the right policies in place and that your systems will be protected from new and recurring threats over the longer term.


Benefits of Cyber Essentials? 

→ Prevent around 80% of cyber attacks

Correctly implementing five basic security controls will protect your organisation against the most common cyber threats.

→ Demonstrate supply chain security

Achieving Cyber Essentials certification will help you demonstrate your commitment to data protection and cyber security.

→ Win new business

Cyber Essentials certification will help boost your reputation and give you a better chance of winning new business.

Drive business efficiency

You can focus on your core business objectives knowing you are protected from the most common cyber attacks.

→ Reduce cyber insurance premiums

Cyber insurance agencies look more favourably on organisations that have achieved Cyber Essentials certification.


All organisations with a head office in the UK and a turnover of less than £20 million get automatic cyber insurance if they achieve Cyber Essentials certification


Work with the UK government & MOD

Cyber Essentials will permit you to work with the UK government and Cyber Essentials Plus will allow you to work with the MOD.


What’s the difference between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials PLUS?

Cyber Essentials is right for you if:

You want a base-level security certification to demonstrate that you have key controls in place.

Cyber Essentials PLUS is right for you if:

You are required to have a more in-depth audit of the key controls you have in place, your employees work from remote locations, or third parties have access to your premises or IT.


How Do I get Cyber Essential Certified?

Epoq IT has partnered with IT Governance to make certification easy. Choose from these affordable certification options for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus below.


Certification Guarantee

Our Cyber Security Essentials services ensure you are ready for Cyber Essentials Certification, but also that your business is on track to stay secure and protected against cyber threats forever.


Cyber Essentials

Certification and Pre-Check

£500.00 ex. VAT

Get a Little Help

From £850.00 ex. VAT

Ge a Lot of Help

From £1,650.00 ex. VAT

Cyber Essentials PLUS


From £1,950.00 ex. VAT

Get a Little Help

From £2,250.00 ex. VAT

Get a Lot of Help

From £3,050.00 ex. VAT


£ 1,450.00 ex. VAT


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Epoq IT builds long-term relationships with businesses that want their IT systems and technology to support their stability, growth and competitive edge. We specialise in helping organisations to achieve and demonstrate regulatory compliance with services that span IT Strategy, IT Security, Continuity, and Support solutions using our proven processes. A complete solution for managing your IT strategy and effectiveness, compliance, risk management and cyber security, our award-winning IT support and consultancy services are flexibly designed to meet your business needs.