The Essential Eight are a set of recommended controls designed to protect Microsoft Windows-based internet-connected networks.
In 2017, The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) published a set of mitigation strategies that were designed to help organisations to protect themselves against cyber security incidents. These strategies, which became known as the Essential Eight, are designed specifically for use on Windows networks, although variations of these strategies are commonly applied to other platforms.
While the Essential Eight may be applied to cloud services and enterprise mobility, or other operating systems, it was not primarily designed for such purposes and alternative mitigation strategies may be more appropriate to mitigate unique cyberthreats to these environments. In such cases, organisations should consider alternative guidance provided by the ACSC.
8 strategies, 91 controls
Businesses who wish to ensure their primarily Windows based environment is secured against the most common threats and/or companies who wish to provide services to Australian Government departments.
Essential Eight cannot be certified however a business can employ a authorised IRAP assessor to undertake an assessment of the Essential Eight implementation which can provide them with some assurance and could be a good first step to being IRAP assessed against eh Australian Government ISM.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)
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