Cyber Essentials Scheme: overview

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.


Cyber Essentials website


The Government worked with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF) to develop Cyber Essentials, a set of basic technical controls to help organisations protect themselves against common online security threats.

The full scheme, launched on 5 June 2014, enables organisations to gain one of two Cyber Essentials badges. It is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations which are offering incentives for businesses.

Cyber Essentials is suitable for all organisations, of any size, in any sector.

From 1 October 2014, Government requires all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Further information and guidance for businesses, charities and other organisation can be found on the new Cyber Essentials microsite at

Published 7 April 2014
Last updated 16 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Out of date Cyber Essentials documents and information have been removed from this page. A new Cyber Essentials website containing full information on the scheme is now available at the link stated on the page above.

  2. The 'Cyber Essentials Scheme: Assurance Framework' (BIS/15/72) has been updated.

  3. Cyber Essentials Summary, Requirements and Assurance Framework published.

  4. First published.