Ironshare are pleased to announce that we have successfully achieved our first official certification for Cyber Essentials, which was awarded on the 20th June 2018. Cyber Essentials Logo

As a Cyber and Information Security company it is key to demonstrate that we practice what we preach, and, that we are committed to providing quality Security services which protect both our company and our customers. The Cyber Essentials certification is our first step to achieving that.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government led certification that first launched in 2014. It was introduced after the release of the CESG’s ‘10 Steps to Cyber Security’, which resulted in many requests for more detailed guidance, as organisations were unsure on how to implement the fundamental controls for Cyber Security.

While the 10 Steps provided the ingredients, Cyber Essentials was formed to deliver a recipe of how these ingredients should be used, to establish the appropriate defences against common attacks.

Although there is never one right answer that fits all, Cyber essentials focuses on the following five technical controls:

  • Securing your Internet connection
  • Securing your devices and software
  • Controlling access to your data and services
  • Protecting from viruses and other malware
  • Keeping your devices and software up to date

The completion of Cyber Essentials certification confirms that you have met the requirements to address these controls  to protect against common threats.

Cyber Threats and Risk

Year on year we consistently see the presence of more advanced threats and cyber-attacks. In 2017 we witnessed the year of Ransomware; where the likes of WannaCry and Nyetya caused huge impact to organisations and public services such as the NHS.

So far 2018 has seen the rise of Crypto Currency and mining attacks, while Ransomware and Remote Access Trojans (RATs) still maintain a popular position in an attacker’s arsenal.

The harsh reality is that it no longer matters the size or type of your organisation, if you have gaps in your security you can guarantee it’s a matter of when, not if, an attacker will exploit those gaps and weaknesses.


If this scenario sounds familiar and you are not sure where to start, or you need assistance with identifying and plugging those security gaps then Ironshare can help.

To start we offer a free of charge, no obligation assessment that can get you on the right track to identifying your key risks.

Use the Contact Page to get in touch, and our experienced staff will be on hand to discuss our flexible service options with you.

Where to find out more about Cyber Essentials?

The official NCSC Cyber Essentials website can be found here:

Finally, a word of thanks to the certification body – IT Governance ( – for their help throughout the certification process.

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