The Essential Eight: Your Key to a Grounded Cyber Security Framework
Cyber threats are always evolving, growing more sophisticated as attackers become bolder in their attempts to steal data and put businesses at risk. Protecting your business from all manner of cyber threats is paramount to keep your business running smoothly, maintain customer trust, and ensure compliance with legal and industry standards.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) developed the Essential 8 Risk Mitigation Strategies to provide a solid foundation for defending against prevalent cyber-attacks, and ensuring the resilience of your organisation's digital infrastructure.
By implementing the Essential 8, you can enhance your business's cyber security posture and mitigate the risks associated with malicious activities. These best practices will not only protect your sensitive information but also safeguard your reputation and ensure overall business continuity.
Expert Guidance for a Resilient Defence and Strengthened Risk Avoidance
The Eight Strategies that Power Your Protection
The Essential 8 consists of eight essential strategies that collectively form a robust defence against common cyber threats. We'll guide you through each strategy, and our expert team will help you discover the right solutions, deploy them across your environment, and manage them for maximum effectiveness.
Regularly update your applications to address known security vulnerabilities, closing the door on potential exploits. Patching keeps your software up-to-date with the latest security fixes, reducing the chances of successful cyber-attacks.
Disable or restrict the use of Microsoft Office macros, preventing malicious code execution. Macros can be exploited to deliver malware, so configuring your settings ensures that macros are used safely and securely.
Limit admin privileges to reduce the impact of cyber-attacks and maintain control over critical systems. By granting admin privileges only to authorised personnel, you minimise the risk of unauthorised access and limit the potential damage caused by compromised accounts.
Keep your operating systems up-to-date to patch vulnerabilities and enhance overall security. Regularly applying patches ensures that your systems are protected against known vulnerabilities that cybercriminals may exploit.
Implement an additional layer of security by requiring multiple factors for system access, ensuring only authorised users gain entry. For instance, by combining a password with an authenticator app that sends a one-time code to the user’s mobile device, multi-factor authentication significantly strengthens your authentication process.
Regularly backup your important data and verify the integrity of backups, protecting against data loss and ransomware attacks. In the event of an incident, such as a system failure or ransomware infection, having up-to-date backups allows you to restore your data and resume normal operations quickly.
Strengthen the security of your applications by applying techniques to reduce vulnerabilities and protect against attacks. Application hardening involves implementing security measures such as code obfuscation, input validation, and encryption to make it more challenging for attackers to exploit your applications.
Elevate Your Security Maturity: Identify Weaknesses, Uncover Opportunities
Essential 8 Maturity Model
At this level, an organisation's overall cyber security posture has weaknesses, leaving them vulnerable to potential breaches, information compromise, or even system and data destruction.
The focus of this maturity level is on adversaries who rely on readily available commodity tradecraft to gain access and control over systems. Implementing the essential security controls and strategies at this level helps protect against these common and widely used techniques.
The focus of this maturity level shifts to highly adaptive adversaries who are skilled at exploiting weaknesses in an organisation's cyber security posture. They rely less on publicly available tools and methods, and they leverage publicly known vulnerabilities to increase their chances of success.
Our expert team will conduct a thorough evaluation of your current security controls and practices, comparing them to the Essential Eight maturity model. Through meticulous analysis, we will determine your business's existing level of maturity for each mitigation strategy. By doing so, we gain valuable insights into the strengths and weaknesses of your cyber security posture.