CREST accredits BSI as Certifying Body for Cyber Essentials

9 December 2015:  
BSI (British Standards Institution), the business standards and certification company, has been accredited by CREST as a certifying body for the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme.  CREST is the not-for-profit professional body that represents the technical information security industry and worked closely with CESG (the Information Security arm of GCHQ) to develop the technical assessment framework for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

Chris Lewis, Certification Director at BSI said, “We’re delighted to have been accredited by CREST for the UK Government’s Cyber Essential Scheme. Any organisation involved in the Government’s procurement processes for contracts that involve handling sensitive and personal information will need Cyber Essentials and we’re looking forward to helping our customers provide a greater level of security and confidence in their organisations through certification.”

“By becoming CREST accredited, BSI is now able to assess businesses against the Cyber Essentials industry standards and issue Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certificates.  This is a really logical extension to the existing BSI security certification processes and the combination of ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials provides a much higher degree of confidence in the management and basic technical security controls,” said Ian Glover, president of CREST.  “In order to become a certification body, BSI has been through a rigorous process and has demonstrated that it possess the skills and expertise to qualify and certify businesses to the Cyber Essentials standard.”About BSI:  BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, automotive, built environment, food,  healthcare and ICT. With over 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI is an organisation whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit