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Essential 8 cyber security mitigation strategies introduced by Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) represents an extensive set of cyber security best practices and threat mitigation strategies for businesses of all sizes and types to tackle today’s modern and ever-evolving cyber threats. ACSC’s essential eight strategies focus on helping organisations protect their business assets and overall infrastructure from a range of threats.
Essential 8 strategies are an extension of the top 4 mitigation strategies released by the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) back in 2014. According to ASD, when implemented effectively, the top 4 strategies can help businesses to thwart over 85% of unauthorised access attempts. As an extension of top 4 strategies – Essential 8 strategies were first introduced in 2017, containing further 37 risk and threat mitigation strategies to further help organisations to strengthen their overall business security posture.
ACSC’s essential eight cyber security strategies offer extensive guidelines for organisations to protect their business infrastructures from different types of traditional and modern security threats. These security strategies can help organisations improve security and productivity in various business aspects – ultimately protecting businesses from devastating consequences of cyber attacks and security breaches.
The Australian Signals Directorate considers the Essential 8 to be the most effective cyber resilience ‘baseline’ for all organizations. ACSC has specifically developed essential 8 security mitigation strategies for organisations to effectively mitigate cyber security incidents caused by various types of threats and bad actors.
Additionally, the current NSW Government Cyber Security Policy became effective in February 2019. The policy (section 1.5) requires, by 31 August each year, that each department submits a report detailing a maturity assessment against the ACSC Essential 8.
Alongside the essential 8 strategies, the ASD outlines three levels of maturity to help companies determine their current status and how they can improve. The maturity levels are defined as:
Each of the Maturity levels have essential security controls and strategies that help businesses to mitigate and prevent malware delivery and execution.
The ACSC’s essential 8 security framework and strategies include eight major security controls that address diverse threats and mitigation procedures. These eight security controls are listed below.
Protecting your organisation from cyber threats in today’s hostile cyberspace is a significant challenge. At the very least, implementing some of the security controls from essential eight security strategies can significantly reduce security risks and can potentially add to your organisational security, productivity and digital resiliency.
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