Essential Eight Assessment

Productiv can help you maintain IT security standards as per ACSC (Australian Cyber Security Centre)’s Essential Eight Compliance, which includes crucial mitigation strategies.

Our experts will partner with your team to evaluate your Essential Eight compliance. We establish a network based on the essential norms, and progress towards complying with the needed requirements.


What is an essential eight assessment?

The Australian Cybersecurity Centre (ACSC) recently published a list of mitigation strategies. The organizations can use them as a foundation to increase their security against cyber threats. No single mitigation strategy is guaranteed to prevent cybersecurity incidents. ACSC identified eight essential mitigation strategies that should be implemented as a baseline where practicable.

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) revised top recommendations around cyber security in 2017 and they became the ASD Essential Eight.  The Essential Eight was introduced to secure Microsoft Windows-based internet-connected networks. These cybersecurity advisory services can be used for a broad range of networks, systems, and applications. From local installations to cloud and other online services, Essential Eight Assessment lays the foundation of a successful cybersecurity strategy.


What are the essential eight assessment strategies?

The Essential Eight is focused on specific aspect of cybersecurity strategy. The eight essential elements are identified as the most common causes of cyber-security threats. The Essential Eight includes information and data management strategies. They provide guidelines on secure configuration to protect an organisation’s critical information and data’s security, integrity, and availability. 

Organisations must cease viewing the Essential Eight as a task list. They must view it as a programme of continuous improvement. The tools and strategies used by threat actors to attack organisations are constantly evolving. After the organisation achieves the Essential Eight compliance; resources should be gathered to maintain the compliance.

Application Controls

Patch Applications

Configure Microsoft Office Macro Settings

User Application Hardening

Restrict Administrative Privileges

Patch Operating Systems

Multi Factor authentication

Multi-factor Authentication

Regular Backups

In particular, security and risk management are continuous operations. A server or application may be considered safe today. But regular patching is essential to guarantee that any discovered vulnerabilities are addressed as soon as possible. Similarly, ensuring that backups are securely stored and monitored is essential. Thus, ensuring that your data does not fall prey to ransomware attempts.

The Essential Eight provides guidance on what Australian organisations should do to reduce the risk of cyber-attack. Also, they help to minimise the impact should threat actor breach your defenses. The ACSC has also created the Essential Eight Maturity Model. In conclusion, it helps to assist organisations in assessing how well they are implementing mitigation strategies.

What is the Essential Eight Maturity Model?

The Essential Eight Maturity Model, which was initially published in June 2017. It is regularly updated and helps in the implementation of the Essential Eight. It is based on the ACSC’s expertise producing cyber threat intelligence, addressing cyber security breaches, conducting penetration testing, and supporting organisations with the implementation of the Essential Eight.

The Essential Eight framework includes four defined maturity levels (zero through three). These levels assist your business in determining your existing security level and any enhancements that can be implemented. Subsequently, you must fulfil a set of Security Controls outlined in the Information Security Manual (ISM). After doing this, you will reach a mitigation strategy’s maturity level.

Maturity Level Zero

At this level, organisations’ cybersecurity posture includes weaknesses that can be targeted by threat actors using common strategies and tools. The assessor needs to plan and prepare to achieve the maturity level one as the adversaries can also breach backups.

Maturity Level One

Organisations at this level have basic security measures in place. Using common tools and methods, they prevent cyber attackers and threat actors from breaking into systems. Depending on their intent, adversaries may also impact accounts with special privileges.

Maturity Level Two

Organisations that reach this level of maturity have implemented policies to prevent a broad range of advanced security threats. These threats aim to exploit elevated user privileges and other possible vulnerabilities, such as credential harvesting and backups.

Maturity Level Three

Organisations at this level use several methodologies, such as specific application controls, monitoring, and workstation logging. To sum up, this guarantees unusual behaviour is rapidly recognised and examined, and they fix known vulnerabilities fast.

Why should your business conduct this assessment?

Cyber-crime is on the rise. Every organisation faces a variety of threats. These range from highly disruptive and destructive ransomware attacks to online fraud and the theft of data. The Australian Government recommends the Essential Eight to all enterprises, regardless of sector, size, or location.

Avoid Common Cyber Threats

The Essential Eight adopts a multi-layered approach to cyber security. Each method protects your company or business in a unique way. This brings you extensive protection against common attacks.

Reduce the severity of potential attacks

If a security breach or incident happens, implementing the Essential Eight assures that the impact is limited and controlled. This enables your company to recover quickly and continue operations.

Framework for assessing security risk

The Essential Eight gives a reliable, quantitative foundation for benchmarking your company’s cyber security risk. This also guarantees that your company complies with ASD security recommendations.

Effective in terms of cost

The costs of a cyber breach might be severe for your business. Implementing the low-cost, strong Essential 8 mitigation strategies will be considerably less expensive than the cost of a breach. Thus, this makes it a reasonable investment for your business.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published an article providing supplementary guidance on the eight essential mitigation strategies to mitigate cyber security incidents.

This article outlines the stages for conducting an assessment against the Essential Eight (November 2022 version). Also, the ways for assessing the implementation of each mitigation strategy.

Please click on the “Learn More” button to get redirected to the Essential Eight Assessment Process Guide published by the ACSC.

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