Essential Eight
Cyber Security Strategies in the Face of Increasing Cyber Attacks

Every year, the number of cyber attacks on Australian organisations grows. These attacks can result in losses of money, time and effort, which is why it’s so important to implement proactive strategies to combat adversaries. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most effective proactive strategies for combating cyber attacks.

One of the most effective proactive strategies for combating cyber attacks is to have a strong cyber security policy in place. This policy should be designed to protect your organisation’s data and systems from attack, and should be regularly updated in line with changes in technology and threats.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recently released a list of eight essential mitigation strategies to effectively secure data against adversaries. The essential eight mitigation strategies for protection from cybersecurity attacks are the baseline for all Australian organisations to follow and provide a framework for organisations to adopt and mature over time.

These strategies aim to make it much harder for adversaries to compromise systems within an organisation of any size. ACSC states that proactively implementing the essential eight can be a cost-effective approach rather than responding to a possibly large scale security incident.


What is the Essential Eight?

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) created the Essential 8 Framework. It is based on the original Top-37 and provides a prioritised list of baseline security controls that businesses can use to protect and improve their cybersecurity. According to ASD, these eight controls alone have the potential to prevent up to 85 percent of cyberattacks.

Here is a rundown of the essential eight mitigation strategies to protect Australian organisations against cyber crimes.

Application Whitelisting

To prevent all non-approved applications (including malicious code) from executing.

Path Applications

To remediate known security vulnerabilities in applications that could be used to execute malicious code.

Configure Microsoft Office Macro Settings

To block untrusted macros that could be used to deliver and execute malicious code on systems.

User Application Hardening

To protect against vulnerable functionality such as flash, ads and Java which are popular ways adversaries deliver and execute malicious code.

Path Applications

To remediate known security vulnerabilities in applications that could be used to execute malicious code.

Restrict Administrative privileges

To limit powerful access to systems which can be used to give adversaries full access to information and systems.

Patch Operating Systems

To remediate known vulnerabilities within operating systems which could be used to further the compromise of systems.

Multi-Factor Authentication

To protect against risky activities through the use of stronger user authentication which makes it harder for adversaries to access sensitive information and systems.

Daily Backups

To maintain the availability of critical and sensitive data and ensure that information can be accessed following a cybersecurity incident.

The Essential Eight Maturity Levels

Three maturity levels have been defined for each mitigation strategy to assist organisations in determining the maturity of their implementation of the Essential 8.

The maturity levels are defined as:

Organisations should start by implementing the Essential 8 cyber security controls rather than following a specific cyber security framework. These eight key cyber security controls will help your organisation stay cyber resilient and protect your data, systems and services from cyber threats.

A realistic approach to protecting your business is to not stop with the Essential 8; instead, you should regularly review your systems and strengthen them against cyber attacks.

How can Davichi help you?

We offer a comprehensive Essential Eight Audit Service which evaluates your current cybersecurity mitigation activities and provides practical and actionable advice on how your organisation can effectively implement the essential eight strategies.

Reach out today to see how we can protect your systems from cybersecurity attacks. Send us an email to or give us a  phone call on 07 3124 6059.

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