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ASD Essential 8 Services

Unlock cyber security excellence with the Essential 8

Our team of elite professionals are certified to help you meet all your Essential 8 compliance needs, ensuring that your business and your data are protected and secure.

Discover the advantages of Essential 8 compliance

Enhanced cybersecurity measures
Robust protection against threats
Compliance with industry standards
Improved operational efficiency
Peace of mind for your business
ASD Essential 8

What is the Essential 8?

The Essential 8 is a comprehensive framework of cybersecurity strategies and mitigations that has been developed and promoted by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), which is a division of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). This framework serves as a practical guide to help organisations enhance their cybersecurity defences and protect their sensitive data and critical systems from a wide range of cyber threats. It is based on extensive research, industry best practices, and real-world insights gathered by the ACSC, making it a valuable resource for organisations seeking to establish a strong and resilient cybersecurity posture.

By providing a structured approach to cybersecurity, the ACSC Essential 8 framework offers organisations a clear roadmap for addressing common vulnerabilities and improving their overall security posture. It encapsulates a holistic view of cybersecurity, covering various aspects such as prevention, detection, and response. The Essential 8 is designed to be scalable and adaptable to different organisational needs, allowing businesses of all sizes and sectors to implement the strategies most relevant to their specific risk profile and operational requirements. By following the guidelines outlined in the ACSC Essential 8, organisations can enhance their cyber resilience, mitigate potential risks, and maintain a strong defence against the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats.

The Essential 8 services offered by Intelliworx are designed to bolster your cybersecurity defences and protect your valuable assets. This comprehensive suite of solutions encompasses a range of vital security controls that address key areas of vulnerability. By implementing Essential 8 cyber security, you can stay one step ahead of potential threats and ensure the integrity and confidentiality of your sensitive data.

Capability Assessment

Identifying vulnerabilities is just the beginning

To effectively protect your organisation from cyber threats, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of your current security posture. Our ASD Essential 8 services begin with a comprehensive capability assessment that delves deep into your infrastructure to identify potential vulnerabilities. Our experienced Essential 8 cyber security professionals utilise advanced tools and methodologies to conduct in-depth analyses of your systems, networks, and applications.

During the capability assessment process, we identify any weaknesses or gaps in your existing security controls. This evaluation helps us understand your organisation’s unique risk profile and enables us to develop targeted strategies to address vulnerabilities effectively.

Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive view of your security landscape and empower you to make informed decisions regarding your Essential 8 cyber security investments.

Once the capability assessment is complete, we provide you with a detailed report that outlines our findings and recommendations. This report serves as a roadmap for strengthening your security posture and implementing the necessary controls to mitigate risks effectively. Our team of experts is available to guide you through the implementation process, ensuring that your organisation achieves a robust and resilient security framework.

By conducting regular capability assessments, we enable you to stay ahead of emerging threats and adapt your security measures accordingly. As the threat landscape evolves, our ongoing assessments ensure that your cybersecurity defences remain up to date and capable of addressing new challenges.

Application Control

The key to restricting unauthorised access

Application whitelisting is a proactive Essential 8 cyber security measure that allows only approved software to run on your network, effectively blocking any unauthorised or malicious programs from executing. By implementing application whitelisting, you gain granular control over the software that is allowed to operate within your organisation’s environment. This approach ensures that only trusted and verified applications are permitted to run, significantly reducing the risk of malware infections and other security breaches. With application whitelisting, you establish a strong defensive barrier that safeguards your systems from unknown and potentially harmful software.

Microsoft Office Macros

Protect your business against Macro-based attacks

Microsoft Office macros can be exploited by cybercriminals to deliver malicious payloads. As part of our ASD Essential 8 services, we implement proactive measures to protect against macro-based attacks. Our experts configure security settings, provide user awareness training, and implement robust detection mechanisms to safeguard your systems from these threats.

Patch Management

Strengthen your application security

Keeping your applications up to date is an integral part of maintaining a secure environment, so we prioritise regular app patching to address known vulnerabilities. By promptly applying patches and updates, we help minimise the risk of exploitation and ensure that your applications are fortified against emerging threats.

User Application Hardening

Make your user apps bulletproof

Employees play a significant role in the security of your digital environment, so our ASD Essential 8 services include user application hardening, which involves implementing security configurations and best practices to strengthen user defences. We aim to enhance your organisation’s overall security posture by empowering your employees with the necessary knowledge and tools to keep your infrastructure secure.

Administrative Privileges

Empower with the right privileges

Managing administrative privileges ensures that you are maintaining control and preventing unauthorised access to your infrastructure. At Intelliworx, we implement robust administrative privilege management strategies to carefully define and control access rights, reducing the risk of unauthorised activities, and limiting potential avenues for cyberattacks.

Operating System Patching

Stay ahead of the vulnerabilities

Your operating system can also be a vector to your environment, meaning it is essential that it is managed effectively. Our ASD Essential 8 services prioritise regular patching of operating systems to address vulnerabilities and ensure optimal security. By implementing a proactive patch management strategy that covers your operating system, we help safeguard your systems from potential exploits.

Multi Factor Authentication

Authenticate before allowing access

User authentication, often referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA) or multifactor authentication (MFA), adds an additional layer of security to protect your digital assets. Our ASD Essential 8 services include the implementation of multifactor authentication (MFA) solutions. By requiring users to provide multiple forms of identification, such as passwords and biometrics, we add an extra layer of security that significantly reduces the risk of unauthorised access.

Data Backups

Safeguard your critical information

Protecting your data from loss or corruption is paramount when it comes to business. With our ASD Essential 8 services, we advocate and implement regular and secure data backups. By implementing robust backup solutions, we ensure that your critical information is safeguarded against unforeseen events such as hardware failures, natural disasters, or cyber incidents. Our data backup processes are designed to minimise downtime and enable quick data recovery, providing you with peace of mind and the ability to restore operations efficiently.

Your partner for comprehensive technology management

As a full-service Managed Service Provider (MSP), we are committed to offering comprehensive ACSC Essential 8 services to bolster your organisation’s technology infrastructure. Our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to delivering proactive monitoring, maintenance, and support, ensuring that your systems align with the Essential 8 principles: secure, resilient, and optimised.

With our Essential 8 services, we provide strategic guidance, 24/7 technical support, and regular performance assessments, all geared towards aligning your systems with the Essential 8 framework. Our objective is to establish a long-term partnership, becoming an integral part of your team, and guiding you through the ever-evolving technology landscape, all while ensuring compliance with ACSC Essential 8 principles.

Invest in the reliability, security, and efficiency of your IT infrastructure with Intelliworx’s managed IT services. Contact the team and let us handle the complexities of technology management while you focus on driving your business forward.

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