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ACSC Essential Eight

The Essential Eight is a set of guidelines developed by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) to help organisations protect themselves against cyber threats. These guidelines are considered to be the most effective way to protect against cyber attacks on Microsoft Windows-based internet-connected networks. The guidelines may be applied to other systems and environments, but may not be as effective as alternative strategies. The Essential Eight Maturity Model is a tool that helps organisations implement these guidelines and track their progress in achieving cyber security. The model is based on the ACSC’s experience in dealing with cyber threats and assisting organisations in implementing the Essential Eight.

In2Networks provides a range of cybersecurity solutions to help organisations meet the Essential 8 guidelines. I2N SOC solutions focuses on providing advanced threat protection, incident response, and compliance management. Some of their key offerings include:

Endpoint protection: In2Networks offers a range of endpoint security solutions that protect against malware, ransomware, and other advanced threats. This includes anti-virus and anti-malware software, as well as endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities.

Network security: In2Networks provides a range of network security solutions that protect against threats at the network level, such as intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and firewalls. This helps organisations to enforce application whitelisting, and to monitor and block malicious traffic.

Compliance management: In2Networks offers solutions that help organisations to comply with various cybersecurity standards and regulations, such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA, and NIST. These solutions include vulnerability management, security assessments, and penetration testing.

Incident response: In2Networks provides incident response services that help organisations to quickly and effectively respond to cyber incidents. This includes incident investigations, forensic analysis, and incident containment and recovery.

Security awareness training: In2Networks offers security awareness training to help organisations educate their employees on cybersecurity best practices and to raise awareness of the risks.

In2Networks’ cybersecurity solutions are designed to provide comprehensive protection against cyber threats, and to help organisations meet the Essential 8 guidelines and comply with industry standards.

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The Essential Eight is a set of guidelines developed by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) to help organisations protect themselves against cyber threats. These guidelines are considered to be the most effective way to protect against cyber attacks on Microsoft Windows-based internet-connected networks. The guidelines may be applied to other systems and environments, but may not be as effective as alternative strategies. The Essential Eight Maturity Model is a tool that helps organisations implement these guidelines and track their progress in achieving cyber security. The model is based on the ACSC’s experience in dealing with cyber threats and assisting organisations in implementing the Essential Eight.

What are the Essential 8 Guidelines?

Application control

This guide aims to prevent the execution of unapproved or malicious software by creating a whitelist of approved applications and blocking anything that is not on the list.

Patch applications

This guide aims to ensure that all the software you use is up to date with the latest security patches to reduce vulnerabilities and prevent exploits.

Configure Microsoft Office macro settings

This guide aims to prevent malicious macros from running in Microsoft Office documents by disabling macros from untrusted sources, or requiring explicit user approval.

User application hardening

This guide aims to reduce the attack surface of applications by disabling unnecessary features and functions, and by configuring security settings to their highest level.

Restrict administrative privileges

This guide aims to reduce the risk of privilege escalation by limiting the number of users who have administrator rights, and by implementing least privilege practices.

Patch operating systems

This guide aims to ensure that all the operating systems you use are up to date with the latest security patches to reduce vulnerabilities and prevent exploits.

Multi-factor authentication

This guide aims to strengthen the authentication process by requiring more than one form of authentication, such as a password and a security token, to access sensitive systems and data.

Regular backups

This guide aims to ensure that important data is regularly backed up, to provide a fallback option in case of data loss or corruption, and to enable recovery from a cyber attack.

When following the Essential Eight guidelines, organisations should first decide on a target level of security that fits their specific needs and work towards achieving that level. It’s important to implement all the guidelines at the same level before moving on to higher levels of security.

The guidelines should be implemented in a risk-based approach, which means that exceptions should be kept to a minimum and any exceptions should be documented and reviewed regularly. It’s also important to note that achieving a certain level of security doesn’t mean that all threats are eliminated, additional measures should be taken in order to provide a comprehensive protection.

The Essential Eight guidelines are a minimum set of security measures, and organisations may need to implement additional measures depending on their specific environment. The guidelines are not meant to be a certification, but may be required to be assessed by an independent party depending on government regulations or contractual arrangements.