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Cyber Resilience Voucher Scheme

Do you want to be more secure but need a little funding to make it happen? The Scottish Government has made £500,000 available under the National Cyber Security Programme for a voucher scheme to support small and medium-sized private and third sector organisations in Scotland to achieve the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) endorsed Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certificate.

Who can get it, what is it for and how long will it last?

Private and third sectors Scotland-based SMEs and voluntary organisations can apply for the vouchers worth up to £1000 to achieve Cyber Essentials certification.  Your business can apply for the grant funding online from the 7th November 2018 and if approved will be eligible to access the money once they have achieved the Cyber Essentials accreditation.

The criteria is:
* You must be a small or medium enterprise (SME) with fewer than 250 employees
* You must have a registered base in Scotland
* Must operate IT with a connection to the internet

How long will the Scheme last? The scheme will run for 12 months or until the vouchers have been exhausted.

OK. How do I get it?

Scotland based small and medium-sized private sector organisations can apply via a portal on the Scottish Enterprise website https://www.scottish-enterprise.com and third sector organisations can apply via a portal on the Scottish Council Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) website (this is new round of funding which closes on the 30th of August) https://www.scvo.org.uk

It seems complicated who can help?

CyberAggress can help you through the whole process, we are certification body for the scheme and can provide guidance on how your business can make cost and security effective changes where necessary to meet the scheme requirements and make your business more secure and resilient.

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Cyber Essentials Plus (Pre-Assessment)

If you’d like to achieve the highest award of Cyber Essentials Plus, but you’re not sure you will pass first time, you can have a pre-assessment. You can have this even if you have not self assessed for basic yet.

  • establish where the gaps are before the full audit
  • remediate without full retest costs
  • reduces overall cost to gain Cyber Essentials Plus
  • technical report and summary
  • have as many as needed (surveillance test)
  • however no certification

You can come to us even if you choose to get certified elsewhere.

From £500 +VAT

Discount available if you pre-book multiple pre-assessments.

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Cyber Essentials Plus

The ratification of your Cyber Essentials Basic award, this service tests your systems accordance with the Cyber Essentials framework and is where the scheme proves it’s real value.

Your systems are tested in the following areas:

  • Email attachments
  • Web downloads
  • External IP exposure
  • Credentialed Patch testing

On meeting the requirements and passing 100%, your business will be awarded the highly coveted Cyber Essentials Plus certificate and registered with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), this allows you to display the Cyber Essentials Plus Badge which is highly valued and recognised in the UK and around the world.

From £1000 +VAT

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Vulnerability Testing

The aim of vulnerability tests are to find weaknesses criminals could use (or are already), it tests areas such as:

  • Patching and updates on all systems
  • Checking how securely configured are your systems
  • Weak or reused passwords
  • Testing of your network and devices for known weaknesses
  • External test of your office IP address(es), what is exposed?
  • Test of your WiFi, how is it secured?
  • and many other areas

The benefit of doing this is:

  • avoid reputational damage
  • avoid GDPR fines and
  • avoid breach reporting hassles
  • reduced damage if you are breached/hacked in future
  • expensive downtime
  • Partly meet you obligations under Article 32 of the GDPR in relation to testing

Once complete you will have a full technical report that you can provide to your internal or external IT support to resolve, you may want another test to prove it has been done correctly.

This service can also be used to gauge the effectiveness of your external IT support service in relation to security.

From £250 +VAT

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Microtech Group Ltd

“David is a very knowledgeable Information Systems and Cyber Security Professional. I have worked with David and Cyber Aggress on a number of projects both within our own organisation and with my clients these included Cyber Essentials Basics certifications, consultancy and training projects and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications. I can highly recommend David and Cyber Aggress as a safe pair of hands to cover off any potential Cyber Security, Information Security or Data Protection requirements.”   Paul Mathewson Group Technical Director, Microtech Group Ltd

Innovec Ltd

I’ve used the services of David and Cyber Aggress for a couple of years after meeting him at a networking event. I have worked with him on projects for my business and regularly recommend him to our clients, several of which have gone on to achieve the Cyber Essential Plus certification with his help and guidance. His knowledge of the cyber security industry and ability to find solutions to complex IT security issues continually impresses me and I always learn a lot when we work together at clients. If you are serious about improving your Cyber Security then I strongly recommend you speak to David. Iain Wham Director, Innovec Ltd

Albion Environmental

“Our company has been steadily growing over the past few years and our IT systems required various additions and have been well supported externally by Lighthouse Network & IT Systems. We found participating in the Cyber Essentials scheme useful, a methodical way of checking our IT systems to make sure they are up to a standard able to achieve certification. We could not have achieved our badge without the professional expertise of CyberAggress.”

Alasdair Meldrum

Director, Albion Environmental, Ayr


“Working with Dave at CyberAggress was a joy. There’s nothing he doesn’t know about cyber security, and he made the whole process simple. It’s not just the form filling that helps you become more secure, it’s the fact that doing so gets you to question everything in the process. Cyber Essentials is just as much related to education and awareness, as it is about making technical changes and security improvements. It’s an eye opener, and one that every business should invest in.”

Gary Ennis

Director / Trainer, NSDesign Ltd

Managed IT Experts Ltd

“David and his company Cyber Aggress has helped our business to achieve Cyber Essential Plus certification and we found the whole process very smooth and efficient. Also, David has great attention to detail and he is the expert in Cyber Security. I would definitely recommend any small business to use David’s services for Cyber Essentials certification.”

David Shuster

Director, Managed IT Experts

Blue Rock Insurance Brokers

“Cyber security is a growing concern for businesses of all sizes. CyberAggress helped us cut through the jargon and gain a better understanding of our cyber risk and security. With this knowledge we were able to make better, informed decisions about the actions we should take.” Tom Yorke Director, Blue Rock Insurance Ayr (Formerly Murphy Insurance, Ayr)