Cyber Essentials


Cyber Essentials is a simple and cost-effective certification that helps schools and trusts demonstrate a commitment to cyber security and reassure staff and students you are working to secure your IT against cyber attacks. The certificate requires annual renewal and encourages schools to continuously adapt their defences against the latest cyber security threats.


The Cyber Essentials standard is formed of five technical controls

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    Correct use of firewalls prevents unauthorised access to your networks

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    Malware protection

    Protect your systems from malicious software

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    Secure configuration

    Correct set-up of web and application servers prevents unauthorised access and actions

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    Access control

    Assigning the correct privileges to the right people avoids unauthorised access to data

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    Security update management

    Keeping software up to date reduces the risk of cyber criminals spotting vulnerabilities

Why should your school or academy trust look to become Cyber Essentials certified?

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    Provide assurance to your board or trustees that you are taking measures to secure your IT infrastructure

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    Demonstrate to the community that your school or trust takes measures to keep its IT systems secure

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    Have more confidence in your school or trust’s cyber security

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    Your school or trust could be eligible for £25,000 free cyber insurance

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