Helping the Education Sector become Cyber Essentials Certified, together with insight

F-Secure is a global cyber security company that has defended tens of thousands of companies and millions of people from cyber attacks for over three decades. In partnership with Insight, who is a leading provider of cloud solutions and IT services, F-Secure helps support the education sector on their journey to becoming Cyber Essentials certified. 

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a UK government-backed scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) that will help you to protect your organisation against the most common cyber-attacks.

It was developed in collaboration with industry partners, including the Information Security Forum (ISF), the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises Consortium (IASME) and the British Standards Institution (BSI).


Cyber Essentials will cover the following areas: 

  1. Firewalls 
  2. Secure configuration 
  3. User access control 
  4. Malware protection
  5. Patch management

In order to achieve certification, these 5 requirements will need to be met as a minimum. 


There are two levels of certification: 

  • Cyber Essentials 
    • Organisations assess themselves against the five basic security controls and a qualified Cyber Essentials assessor verifies the information provided.
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
    • A qualified assessor examines the five basic controls, testing that they work through a thorough technical audit.

Why should you become certified?

  • To reassure your stakeholders (such as students, parents, prospective students) you’re doing what you can to protect your assets from a cyber-attack
  • You have a better understanding of your cyber security attack landscape

How can we help you with the certification?

F-Secure's cloud endpoint security solution, which protects your computers, mobiles and servers, provides you with full business protection from threats such as ransomware and data breaches. The solution also automatically patches Windows and 3rd party software vulnerabilities, and is the only unified multi-endpoint security solution on the market to have this integrated.

Ready to get certified?

For advice and to start your own journey to certification, get in touch with us for an initial conversation. Read more information here about how F-Secure helped South Lanarkshire College become Cyber Essentials certified. 

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