Cyber Essentials and Essentials Plus certifications are extremely valuable – and, like all things, if they’re worth having they’ll have a cost in terms of time, effort and money.
The question you have to ask yourself is: what are the consequences for your organisation if you remain uncertified?
This is only partly about the operational and financial damage that your organisation can suffer if hit by a cyber attack. It’s also about the penalties that can be imposed upon you if you cannot demonstrate you have taken reasonable efforts to defend against such an attack.
Plus, regulatory authorities prosecute not only on the basis of the actual proven abuse of personal data, but on the basis of the security failings that unintentionally facilitate it.