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Delving deeper into Cyber Essentials – What you need to comply

In the previous article, we discussed how to assist your organisation comply with Cyber Essentials and some of the most important items to check. The distinctions between Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus were also examined. We’ll take a closer look at a few more Cyber Essentials compliance criteria in this article.

  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Must Be Used For Access To Cloud Services

MFA is required to bolster account security when connecting to cloud services. The Cyber Essentials accreditation calls for a minimum of two distinct types of credentials before you may access an account.

  • Password and MFA Requirements

In order to avoid brute-force password guessing, the Cyber Essentials Scheme requires the adoption of additional protection in the form of MFA. This allows you to keep track of the number of password guesses made or lock accounts after a maximum of 10 unsuccessful tries.

  • Software Licensing, Support, Updating and Removal

Your company must ensure that all software is fully licenced and supported in compliance with the new updated Cyber Essentials standard on all of your in-scope devices. Software that is no longer supported must also be removed from devices since doing otherwise puts your systems vulnerable to attack.

You must enable automatic updates whenever possible. You now have 14 days from the date of release to apply upgrades that a vendor deems “critical” or “high risk,” which is one of the biggest changes.

  • Device Locking for Physically Present Users

One of the new requirements focuses on physically unlocking devices; you must now do so using biometrics or a password that is at least six characters long.

An account’s login credentials must be secure from online threats. This can be achieved by restricting the options available to the thieves by only allowing a specific number of guesses inside a specific window of time. You can take things a step further by locking down equipment after a predetermined number of unsuccessful tries.

What Changes Were Made to Cyber Essentials Plus?

The assessment procedure for the Cyber Essentials Plus certification includes two new supplementary tests, but aside from that, the security control criteria are the same as for the normal certification. In the first, the assessor will determine whether user and administrator accounts are distinct, and in the second, the assessor will determine whether your company has effectively implemented multi-factor authentication in order to access cloud services.

Notwithstanding the inconvenience, the changes are in line with your organization’s requirements for cyber security. Cyber Essentials ensures sure you succeed in evolving your cyber security procedures as they become more advanced, complex, and effective.


In conclusion, complying with Cyber Essentials isn’t that difficult. It typically entails enhancing your company’s security, which is always a positive thing. In addition, your company must maintain data confidentiality in order to comply with Cyber Essentials.

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