miniOrange will help your organization comply with the latest Essential Eight Controls issued by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) to mitigate common cybersecurity risk factors.
Deploy 8 mitigation strategies to prevent cyberattacks.
Determine the right Essential Eight Maturity level for your company.
Implement the right strategy to level up the Maturity Model.
The annual damage caused by cybercrime & data breaches worldwide will exceed $10.5 trillion by 2025, as reported by Cybersecurity Ventures. To counter the rising threats and potential vulnerabilities for modern organizations, this bundle of Essential Eight strategies is focused on achieving the following objectives:
Preventing potential Cyberattacks like Malware, Phishing, etc.
Limiting the Extent of these Cyberattacks
Recovery of Data & System Availability
Configure Microsoft Office Macro Settings
Restrict Administrative Privileges
User Application Hardening
Patch Operating Systems
Australian cybercrime reports state, “One in 5 critical vulnerabilities was exploited within 48 hours from the release of apps.” It is crucial to regularly patch applications to run a vulnerability scan to identify missing patches, and proactively address software flaws as they arise, sealing potential entry points for malicious actors with the miniOrange Solution.
Your Microsoft Office Macros can contain malicious code that when executed provides attackers access to your sensitive resources. miniOrange prevents potentially harmful scripts from running and enables admins to block user access to configure Microsoft Office Macros for users who do not have a demonstrated business requirement.
The Application Control strategy ensures that only trusted & authorized applications are allowed to function and any malicious or unauthorized apps are blocked from the corporate network. With the miniOrange IAM solution, you can implement a strict access list, granting entry only to approved applications, akin to a zero-trust network architecture.
Minimizing the impact of potentially catastrophic data breaches requires a robust data backup and recovery plan. The miniOrange solution provides secure and resilient backups of data, applications, and settings, ensuring business continuity and criticality. These backups can be performed daily, weekly, or incrementally, and are tested during disaster recovery exercises to restore data, applications, and settings to a common point in time.
MFA or Multi-Factor Authentication can block 99.9% of modern automated cyberattacks. The added armor of MFA security can effectively protect sensitive enterprise sensitive data and corporate privacy. miniOrange provides a wide range of MFA solutions like MFA for OS systems like Windows, macOS & Linux, MFA for VPNs & Network Devices, Passwordless MFA, and many more. miniOrange supports 15+ MFA methods like Biometrics, OTP Verification, Authenticator Apps, etc.
Privileged accounts, including local, domain, and enterprise admin groups, can be vulnerable end-points for modern attackers to exploit. The miniOrange Privileged Access Management (PAM) Solution ensures users have only the necessary access for their roles, adhering to the principle of least privilege. It assigns a dedicated account for privileged users, reducing administrative access risks and enabling regular audits and revalidation of privileges.
Enhance the inherent security of your software applications, minimizing attack surfaces and maximizing threat prevention with miniOrange. Disable unwanted & suspicious services like Flash, Java, Internet Explorer 11, unwanted ads, untrusted scripts, etc. From the miniOrange dashboard, admins can update or modify all default user credentials for the organization’s approved list of applications.
Like patching applications, patching OS systems is also necessary in your corporate environment to reduce vulnerabilities and enhance system stability. miniOrange ensures operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux are patched, deploying patches to servers, workstations, and mobile devices, assessing vulnerabilities within 48 hours, two weeks, or one month.
In order to assist organisations with implementing the Essential Eight, four maturity levels have been defined (Maturity Level Zero through Maturity Level Three). Aside from Maturity Level Zero, maturity levels are based on mitigating increasing levels of tradecraft.
This means the organization is minimally aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategy, and it is vulnerable to common cyberattacks because not even basic security strategies or systems are in place.
This is a foundational level for any organization, establishing a secure baseline. The organization is partly aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategy. Attackers here act very opportunistically and leverage common methods like social engineering, credential theft, etc., to gain unauthorized access.
In this stage, advanced security measures are in place, aligning with the mitigation strategy's intent. This level is recommended for most companies, including Australian government agencies. Attackers show a moderate increase in capability, investing more time in targeting specific systems.
This level is ideal for organizations dealing with sensitive data and critical resources because it is fully aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategies, with robust security mechanisms in place. Threat actors may employ advanced techniques, seek privileged credentials, and pivot across networks, but most are unsuccessful in this stage.
Enhance user experience rather than impeding it. Secure your systems seamlessly with miniOrange,ensuring robust protection.
Whether you're a lean startup or a sprawling enterprise, the miniOrange solution adapts to your unique needs.
Use the miniOrange AWS-hosted Cloud offering, or utilize the 100% On-premise variant and deploy it wherever you like.
Stay ahead of evolving threats with miniOrange because our R&D teams are committed to constant research and development.
The full application of the Essential Eight Security Controls and Maturity Model necessitates a combination of complex solutions, processes, professionals, and technology. The solutions indicated on our page represent just a handful of ways in which Identity Management tools can assist organizations in adhering to the Essential Eight Compliance.
The contents on this page are intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice regarding the implementation of the Essential Eight Maturity Model. MiniOrange disclaims all warranties on the information in this material, whether explicit, implied, or required by law.
The Essential 8 is a set of cybersecurity strategies designed to protect systems against cyber threats, emphasizing mitigation of malware delivery, execution, and data exfiltration.
NIST provides comprehensive cybersecurity frameworks and guidelines, while the Essential 8 focuses on 8 specific strategies for practical cyber threat mitigation.
The Essential 8 security controls includes:
1. Application control,
2. Patch applications,
3. Configure Microsoft Office macro settings,
4. User application hardening,
5. Restrict admin privileges,
6. Patch operating systems,
7. Multi-factor authentication,
8. Daily backup of important data.
The Essential 8 was introduced by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) in 2017 as an extension of the Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents.
Yes, the Essential 8 is a cybersecurity mitigation strategy framework aimed at providing organizations with a prioritized set of practices to protect against cyber threats.
The "Essential 8" is named for its eight fundamental mitigation strategies designed to significantly enhance an organization's cybersecurity posture against various threats.
Essential 8 focuses on specific cybersecurity mitigation strategies, while SOC2 is an auditing procedure ensuring secure management of data to protect interests and privacy of clients.
Maturity Level One of the Essential 8 focuses on implementing each of the eight strategies in a basic form, aimed at preventing malware delivery and execution.
The Essential 8 is not mandatory for all organizations but is highly recommended by the ACSC for Australian entities to improve their cybersecurity defenses.
Application control is an Essential 8 strategy to prevent execution of unapproved/malicious software by allowing only authorized applications to run.
The Essential 8 four maturity levels are:
1. Partially aligned with the mitigation strategies,
2. Fully implement each strategy,
3. Implement strategies with automation and improved security,
4. Achieve advanced security and monitoring.
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