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Cyber Essentials – Exclusive Offer for Accredited Chamber Members


The BCC has negotiated an exclusive discount for Chamber Members on the Cyber Essentials scheme - saving £25 on the assessment and certification fee of the Cyber Essentials accreditation.

The Cyber Essentials scheme was developed by the UK Government in partnership with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium, the Information Security Forum (ISF) and the British Standards Institution (BSI) to try to address concerns that SME’s are not protected against cyber attacks. It is essentially a cyber MOT for SMEs to ensure that their business is putting into place basic measures to better protect themselves against cyber attacks and to mitigate the damage caused by such an attack.

Furthermore, HM Government has now made it mandatory for all organisations bidding on contracts through the Public Procurement Network to have the Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber-attacks occur in small to medium enterprises every day, according to the latest Government Security Breaches survey almost 75% of small organisations reported a security breach in the last year. Now Her Majesty's Government has mandated Cyber Essentials as a prerequisite for all organisations bidding on contracts through a Public Procurement Network (PPN).

Why become certified to the scheme?

By implementing Cyber Essentials, organisations will mitigate the following common types of cyber-attack:

  1. Phishing
  2. Hacking
  3. Password guessing
  4. Tricking a user into installation or execution of a malicious application

What exactly is involved in the scheme?

The scheme is based on your completion of a self-assessment or ‘questionnaire’.

The majority of cyber attacks would have been mitigated by full implementation of the technical controls under the following, selected categories:

  1. Boundary firewalls and Internet gateways
  2. Secure configuration
  3. User access control
  4. Malware protection
  5. Patch management

Each application is completed using APMG's on-line portal, by selecting your preferred Certification Body (CB) from the drop down list. All of these accredited CBs have been assessed by us to ensure that they meet the requirements set by the National Cyber Security Centre.

How do I apply?

Once you are ready to apply, register to our secure assessment platform and select the certification body of your choice. Once your application has been submitted, it will be assessed by your chosen CB. This is usually followed up by an interview to ensure that the answers you are giving are true, and then your application needs to be signed off by a senior member of staff within your own organisation.

Within the assessment platform you can complete your assessment questionnaire, make a secure payment, and if you are successful, automatically receive your certificate.

If you experience any difficulties during the application, please contact APMG on +44 (0) 1494 452450 or for assistance.

How do I use the £25 discount?

You can redeem your discount when you reach the payment section on the platform. Simply enter your Chamber’s unique discount code BCC-NOEE on the payment page and the fee will be automatically discounted by £25. Click here to get certified.