Supporting Security: Why a Cyber Essentials Certification Alone isn’t Enough

In an era dominated by cyber threats, businesses are increasingly turning to the Cyber Essentials Certification to defend themselves against common cyber threats - a cornerstone in many UK businesses’ security strategies. However, is relying solely on this certification alone sufficient enough?

The Role of Cyber Essentials Certification

A Cyber Essentials Certification is part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Strategy designed to help businesses in the UK improve their cybersecurity and demonstrate commitment to safeguarding against common online threats.

The Cyber Essentials Certification covers five key areas:

  1. Firewall Configuration: Ensuring that internet-connected devices have appropriate firewall configurations to protect against unauthorised access and cyber threats.

  2. Secure Configuration: Implementing secure settings for hardware and software to reduce the risk of vulnerabilities and unauthorised access.

  3. User Access Control: Managing user accounts effectively to ensure that only authorised individuals have access to systems and data.

  4. Malware Protection: Implementing measures to defend against malware, including using antivirus software and regularly updating virus definitions.

  5. Patch Management: Ensuring that software and systems are up-to-date with the latest security patches to address known vulnerabilities.

Organisations can choose to pursue either the basic Cyber Essentials certification or the more advanced Cyber Essentials Plus certification which involves a more rigorous assessment, including vulnerability testing and an on-site audit, providing a higher level of assurance.

At Minster we offer both consultancy and training for clients who are interested in gaining the certification, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to protect your business.


The certification undeniably plays an important role in establishing a baseline for cybersecurity, however, it also has limitations.

False Sense Of Security

Relying solely on a single certification can breed complacency. Businesses might fall into the trap of assuming they are fully protected, neglecting ongoing vigilance and improvement.

While the Cyber Essentials Certification provides a solid foundation, it should be viewed as a starting point rather than an endpoint. Businesses need to embrace a dynamic, multi-layered strategy that extends solely beyond the certification.

Dynamic Threat Landscape

As cyber threats evolve, a static certification may struggle to keep pace. Businesses need continuous adaptation and proactive measures to stay ahead of emerging risks.


Building a Resilient Defense

Consider complementing Cyber Essentials with more advanced certifications tailored to specific industry standards and regulatory requirements and ensure you are regularly assessing and updating cybersecurity measures to align with the latest threats and vulnerabilities. Human error also remains a significant factor in cybersecurity incidents, so ongoing training and awareness programs are essential to build a resilient human firewall.

Limited Scope

The Cyber Essentials Certification focuses on fundamental cybersecurity practices. While essential, it might not cover all potential vulnerabilities specific to a business's unique operations.


Start your partnership with Minster today.

At Minster we provide an expansive cyber security service to protect all areas of your business. We can offer proactive remote monitoring and patch management of servers and end points, ensuring the latest security updates are being run. We also manage Firewalls with ongoing live security updates to ensure network traffic is secure, alongside threat detection.

We also have a number of cyber products to help keep your business safe from Cyber attacks, such as our SentinelOne application which proactively seeks out symptoms of malicious behavior rather than solely identifying known malware file attributes.

Call us on 01562 682111 or fill out the form below, and take the first step in securing your business against cyber threats.

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