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Cyber Essentials Assessment Case Study – Colombier UK

The Customer 

Our Client, Colombier UK are market leaders in web and sheet fed paper supply. They are firmly established as a leading independent paper sales and conversion company with a reputation for high quality. 

The Challenge    

LP Networks has been working with Ryan Langworthy, Assistant Managing Director at Colombier for a number of years, supporting Ryan and his team with their IT requirements. 

Ryan wanted to improve security within the business and knew the importance of Cyber Security and having a Cyber Essentials Certification 

LP Networks Director Lee Pepper is both a Cyber Essentials & IASME Governance Assessor and therefore understands the most common cyber threats. 
However, across all industries, there has been a significant increase in targeted Cyber & Ransomware attacks trying to leverage lack of staff awareness surrounding potential threats. 

The Solution 

Cyber Essentials is an effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against an entire range of the most common cyber-attacks. 

  • Firstly, a portal setup document was emailed to Ryan to fill in his details.
  • Once the completed document was received, Lee set up Colombier in the IASME portal and credentials were sent to the client
  • The latest copy of the CyberEssentials Question sent were then sent to Ryan, with instruction to complete company details and other elements he was able to answer. 
  • Doing this offline allowed actions and review without submitting to the IASME portal, getting everything prepared to ensure the best chance of success.
  • The sheet was returned to Lee where a shared screen session were done to review the answers provided by Ryan. During this Lee was able provide the technical answers (as Colombier are a client) relevant to the supported IT estate. 
  • Guidance was given on the sheet and advice on what the question was asking or looking for, then together we identified if the client had these processes or procedures in place. If they didn’t then guidance on policy or process to create was given.
  • Once this offline review was completed, and the client had done any remediation work needed, the client was guided through the submission portal.
  • On successful certification, LP Networks created an asset in their system for the certification and will notify Colombier when it is time to recertify.


  • Protection against the most common cyber attacks 
  • These Technical Controls include Firewalls, secure configuration, control user access, anti-malware, and phishing. 
  • Increased credibility and reputation for your clients 
  • Achieving Cyber Essentials Certification shows your commitment to protecting your own data and that of your clients. It demonstrates that you are working in a safe and secure digital environment.
  • New Business opportunities
  • If you are looking to bid for government contracts, you will need to be Cyber Essentials Certified. 

What Our Client Says 

 We have trusted LP Networks since their inception to look after our IT infrastructure and services. Lee and his team have been extremely proficient in ensuring Colombier UK Ltd are at the forefront of all things IT, and adding the Cyber Essentials Certification to our portfolio further strengthens this belief.

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