As an IASME and Cyber Essentials certification body, TecSec are absolutely delighted to announce that IASME have been awarded a five-year contract with the NCSC to be their sole Cyber Essentials partner, actioned from the 1st of April 2020.

What does this mean? Originally there were 5 accreditation bodies which could award the Cyber Essentials certification to companies,however from April 2020 IASME will be the only accreditation body, taking over full responsibility for the delivery of the Cyber Essentials standard.

“We are extremely excited about the prospect of working in partnership with the NCSC to develop and grow the Cyber Essentials scheme.  We have seen such a positive effect already over the last 5 years where Cyber Essentials has increased the basic levels of security across all sectors. We are so pleased that we can be part of the future developments, working closely with the excellent Certification Bodies, trade bodies, police and other key stakeholders, to ensure further growth of the scheme.” -IASME Chief Executive, Dr Emma Philpott, MBE

This unfortunately means that Crest, APMG, QG Management Standards and IRM will no longer be able to award Cyber Essentials or make anymore businesses a certification body after the April deadline.

If you would like any more information on the changes to the Cyber Essentials standard, or have any questions visit: https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/iasme-consortium-new-cyber-essentials-partner