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Celebrate Charity Cyber Security Awareness Week 8-12th November

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

If you sign up and pay for Cyber Essentials during Charity Cyber Security Awareness week you will pay the discounted price of £225 +VAT.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a simple and effective Government-backed scheme, supported by industry experts and the Cyber Resilience Centre Network, that will help you put measures in place to protect your organisation, regardless of size or sector, against a range of the most common cyber-attacks. This includes protecting against threats such as malware, ransomware and phishing.

There are two levels of accreditation:

  • Cyber Essentials – self assessment with your questions check by an accreditation assessor - this usually cost £300 + VAT.

  • Cyber Essentials Plus - involves physical tests to your network and computers by independent professionals. Successful accreditation of Cyber Essentials Plus provides a higher level of assurance that your organisation has a strong cyber resilience regime with correctly implemented controls in place to maintain a robust defence against cyber-attacks - the cost of this is dependent on your network.

Both assessments can be carried out by our Trusted Partners, and as these are in the local area, you could also consider if they have any services that they could provide on a longer-term basis such as Virtual Chief Information Security Officer or Incident Response.

Contact us to take up this offer

Why does my charity need Cyber Essentials?

Charities are a key target of cyber criminals due to the valuable information they hold - beneficiaries, volunteers, supporters as well as payment details.

By achieving Cyber Essentials, you can demonstrate that you have taken cyber resilience and the protection of customer data seriously.

If you have a turnover under £20m and achieve either the basic level of Cyber Essentials or the IASME Standard, then you are entitled to Cyber Liability Insurance. You can find out more about the insurance cover provided here.

How does it work?

You will need to give your registered charity number to your chosen Trusted Partner, and they will check it against the Charity Commission Register.

You must apply for your Cyber Essentials certification during the Cyber Essentials for Charities week, which starts on the 8th of November. Cut off will be 5pm on 12th November.

You must start the process within one month of application and must have completed and submitted the assessment by 12th May 2022.

If these conditions are not met, IASME and/or participating Trusted Partner reserve the right to invoice the previous discount or require the charity to re-apply at full cost.

Are you ready for Cyber Essentials?

Check your organisation’s current security standard using the free Cyber Essentials Readiness Tool.

The Readiness Tool is an interactive set of questions that addresses different parts of your organisation’s security. Advice and guidance is available specifically for those in the charity sector and a step by step action plan is tailored to your requirements based on your answers to the questions. You will receive specific help in the areas that you need to address in order to achieve Cyber Essentials.

Please share this offer with other Charities that you know.

The ECRC’s aim is to increase cyber resilience for all SME’s and third sector organisations in our region and you can help by sharing this information and protecting others.

If you would like more information about any of our services or would like to speak to a member of the ECRC’s team please contact us.


The contents of this website are provided for general information only and are not intended to replace specific professional advice relevant to your situation. The intention of The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East is to encourage cyber resilience by raising issues and disseminating information on the experiences and initiatives of others. Articles on the website cannot by their nature be comprehensive and may not reflect most recent legislation, practice, or application to your circumstances. The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East provides affordable services and Trusted Partners if you need specific support. For specific questions please contact us.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information or materials published on this document. The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to this site or which are linked from it.

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