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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

When it comes to protecting your business's valuable assets from cyber threats, you need a partner with expertise and a genuine commitment to your security. That's where Essential Tech shines. As a leading Australian cyber security service provider, we specialise in bringing your business's cyber security posture in line with the ACSC Essential 8. 
Our team of seasoned professionals combines their deep knowledge of the latest cyber threats and industry best practices with a cheerful and approachable attitude to deliver exceptional services.
We go beyond simply recommending the Essential 8 strategies; we provide comprehensive management and support to ensure their effective implementation. Our collaborative approach begins with a thorough assessment of your organisation's existing security measures, identifying areas that require improvement and tailoring the Essential 8 strategies to your specific environment. 
We understand that every business is unique, and we work closely with you to develop a customised roadmap that aligns with your goals, resources, and risk appetite.

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.

Application Whitelisting
Allow only approved and trusted applications to run on your systems, minimising the risk of malware execution. By controlling which applications can execute, you prevent unauthorised or malicious software from compromising your systems.
Patching Applications

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.

Configuring Microsoft Office Macro Settings

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.

Restricting Administrative Privileges

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.

Patching Operating Systems

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.

Multi-Factor Authentication

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.

Daily Backups

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.

Application Hardening

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

The Essential 8 Maturity Model consists of four levels that help organisations assess their current security status and guide them towards improving their cyber security defences. 
At Essential Tech, we understand the importance of assessing your organisation's current cyber security maturity level and identifying areas for improvement, which is why we offer comprehensive services to appraise your business's maturity model, identify gaps and weaknesses, and guide you towards achieving the recommended cyber security maturity levels.

Essential 8 Maturity Model

Level 0

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.

Level 1

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.

Level 2
This level centres around adversaries who invest more time and effort into their attacks, escalating their capabilities beyond the previous maturity level. These adversaries are willing to invest in improving the effectiveness of their tools and are more persistent in their targeting.
Level 3

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.

Maximise Your Cyber Resilience Potential With Essential Tech

Essential Tech will audit your business to determine its current security maturity level, highlight areas for improvement, and provide recommendations to begin implementing the Essential 8 and bring your business in line with the right maturity model.
Our Essential 8 audits provide a thorough evaluation of your existing security controls and their alignment with the Essential 8 Risk Mitigation Strategies. We’ll conduct comprehensive assessments, identify vulnerabilities, and provide actionable recommendations to enhance your cyber security. With our support, you can be confident that your business is well-protected against emerging threats.
Don't leave your business's sensitive data and critical apps to chance. Partner with Essential Tech for expert cyber security services and support in implementing the Essential Eight strategies. 
Together, we'll fortify your defences, ensure regulatory compliance, and provide you with the peace of mind you deserve. 


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