Why the Essential Eight really matter for your business

Co-authored by Asmika Summerfield and Heath Parker at Eighty20 Solutions

Cybersecurity is one of the leading concerns for many organisations and individuals in the digital age. 

Cyberattacks can cause significant damage to the reputation, finances, operations, and data of their victims. Cybersecurity is a complex and dynamic field that requires constant vigilance and adaptation to the evolving threats and technologies. 

A reliable framework and a strong understanding of cybersecurity principles are essential for safeguarding businesses, customers, and employees. The Essential Eight provides such a framework. 

What is "Essential Eight" really?

The Essential Eight is a cybersecurity framework, overseen by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), that recommends eight mitigation strategies to protect Australian businesses from cyber threats.  

The Essential Eight focuses on achieving maturity in three key areas: Preventing Attacks, Limiting the Extent of Attacks, and the Recovery of Data & System Availability. 

Cyber attacks pose a potential risk to everyone, from large data breaches that affect high-profile businesses to smaller threats that target small businesses and individuals.  

Essential Eight Maturity levels describe an organisation’s ability to mitigate the effects of cyber attacks, proportional to sophistication and impact. 

Reaching the baseline maturity for the Essential Eight is strongly recommended by the ACSC and can offer security advantages to all businesses. 

How Eighty20 Solutions can help

“Security Posture Assessment – Essential Eight” 

Eighty20 Solutions offer a service called “Security Posture Assessment – Essential Eight” that evaluates and analyses how well your organisation follows the ACSC (Australian Cyber Security Centre) Essential Eight controls. 

In this short engagement, Eighty20 security specialists will measure your organisation’s maturity level against the ACSC’s recommended mitigation strategies and provide an estimated timeline and a detailed roadmap showing the steps required to meet the required maturity level for the Essential Eight controls that is suitable for your environment. 

Benefits of our service include: 
– Meeting ASD / ACSC Compliance and Threat Mitigation Strategies implementation  
– Reducing Cyber Exposure and Attack Surface    
– Addressing most common and impactful cyber attacks   
– Protecting from security breaches and data leaks
– Safeguard sensitive information. 

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