The IASME Governance standard was developed by the IASME Consortium over a number of years by the help of a government funded project which was developed for creating a cyber security standard which would be an affordable and achievable alternative to the international standard, ISO27001.
The standard has been designed to allow all small companies and their supply chain demonstrate their level of cyber security for a realistic cost and indicates that they are taking good steps to properly protect their customers information. The assessment not only includes the Cyber Essentials basic certification, but additionally a GDPR component and other business risk related controls. This certification is available either as a self assessment or a more in-depth on-site audit certification.
The self-assessment certification is carried out through using an online portal where you are required to answer around 160 short questions about the security of your business. You will have up to six months to complete the answers. Once you have submitted your answers, an InfoSec Governance consultant will assess your answers and either provide feedback or certify your business.
The certification is for one year.
You can download a free copy of the IASME Governance Standard here.