Cyber Essentials for schools and businesses.

Your data, be it, in a school or a business is very important to you and needs to be well managed and protected against loss.

There is a concerning rise in cyber-attacks against schools, these can take many forms, including phishing emails, malware from bogus websites and downloads, ransomware attacks and Denial of Service attacks.

Cyber Essentials & Cyber Essentials Plus are both a government-backed and Industry supported scheme, that can help protect you and your business, whatever its size, from a cyber-attack and should be high on the agenda for any school or business with a reliance on IT and online systems.

It provides you with formal certification demonstrating to your business partners, customers, and regulators that you take cyber security seriously.

Supporting you to gain Cyber Essentials accreditation

Protect your business and data

Help you on each step of the Cyber Essentials journey

Cyber Essentials


Gather information about your network, servers, workstations, and firewalls.


Novus will help enter all the necessary data into the questions asked for accreditation.


Send your answers away for the initial checks to receive accreditation.

Download the Cyber Security Product Brief for more info.


Helping you on your cyber security journey.

Cyber Essentials can take a day to complete the initial questionnaire if we have all the necessary information about your school\business.

Sometimes though, this can take a little longer and take a couple of weeks, for example, if a workstation is running Windows 7 which is now no longer supported by Microsoft, this is an automatic failure and will need to be rebuilt or your school\company doesn’t have MFA, this is an automatic failure as well, and we can help you look into ways of mitigating this and getting this set up, which of course will delay the submission of the formal questionnaire.

However, Novus can help you with all this and help get your school\business, remediated against failures, and then certified.

Benefits of Cyber Essentials

  • Free Cyber Insurance
  • Satisfy the current requirements for ESFA funding & future proof your school’s ESFA funding eligibility (Further Education and training providers).
  • Kickstart your school or trust’s new cybersecurity programme.
  • Certification may attract additional funding and grants that stipulate Cyber Essentials as a prerequisite.
  • Reassure customers that you are working to secure your IT against cyber-attack.
  • Attract new business with the promise you have cyber security measures in place.
  • Give a clear picture of your organisation’s cyber security level.
  • Grow business as some Government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials Plus is the next level of this accreditation.

Whereas the Cyber Essentials required you to fill in technical details about your IT environment and servers, this assessment will conduct a technical audit of your systems (external and internal scan of your network).

They will access your servers and run scans to ensure they are all patched up to date with no open vulnerabilities and check that malware is protected correctly.

This assessment is a much more hands-on, in-depth certification that will look at your whole network.

Talk to us to find out more.