ASD stands for The Australian Signals Directorate, and they provide a guide for 8 pillars of security to consider as a base level for businesses to adhere to.
What are the Essential 8?
|1. Application Control||Application control to prevent the execution of unapproved/malicious programs|
|2. Patch Applications||Patch computers with critical vulnerabilities and use the latest versions of applications|
|3. Configure Microsoft Office macro settings||Configure Microsoft Office macro settings to block macros|
|4. User application hardening||Configure web browsers to block Flash and Java. Disable unnecessary features in applications|
|5. Restrict administrative access||Restrict administrative access to operating systems and applications based on user duties|
|6. Patch operating systems||Patch operating systems with critical vulnerabilities within 48 hours|
|7. Multi-factor authentication||Enforce multi-factor authentication for VPNs, RDP, SSH, and other remote access, and all users|
||Daily backups of essential data and retained for at least three months|
Thanks to our friends at Blue Appache (www.blueappache.com) for their assistance in providing this information, and we recommend all businesses obtain a cyber audit to protect their business’s most precious asset – your data.
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