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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Announce Funded Cyber Essentials Programme

The NCSC is helping organisations within sectors most at risk to implement baseline security controls and prevent the most common types of cyber attacks using the Funded Cyber Essentials Programme.

Some sectors are at greater risk of cyber attack than others, perhaps because of the sensitive information they deal with or because they’re seen as an ‘easy target’ for cybercriminals. The NCSC focuses on supporting small organisations with low cyber maturity and working with sensitive data that would significantly impact if disrupted. The programme will offer Cyber Essentials Plus to specific sectors that are at high risk of cyber attack at no cost.

Who can apply?
To qualify for this scheme, the organisation must either be:

  • Micro or small businesses (1 to 49 employees) that offer legal-aid services
  • Or Micro or small charity (1 to 49 employees, excluding volunteers) that has a core purpose of providing support to victims of domestic abuse

Applying organisations must also meet the following criteria:

  • Has not previously participated in the NCSC Funded Cyber Essentials Programme
  • Does not currently hold Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification, has not been awarded CE+ certification since May 2022, and is not currently in the process of applying for CE+ certification.

If any of your businesses or organisations meet the above criteria and they wish to express an interest in the Funded Cyber Essentials Programme, please visit:

For more information on the Funded Cyber Essentials Programme, please visit the NCSC website: