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What is the ASD Essential Eight model?


The ASD Essential Eight model is a set of baseline security measures developed by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to help organisations protect their systems from cyber-attacks. It is designed to be implemented in a layered approach, with each layer providing additional protection against malicious actors.

The eight strategies are:

1. Application whitelisting – restricting the applications that can be installed and run on a system,

2. Patching applications – ensuring that all applications and operating systems are regularly updated with the latest security patches,

3. Patching operating systems – ensuring that all operating systems are regularly updated with the latest security patches,

4. Configuring Microsoft Office macro settings – disabling macros from running in Microsoft Office applications,

5. Restricting administrative privileges – limiting user access to administrative functions,

6. Multi-factor authentication – using two or more authentication methods to access systems and data,

7. User application hardening – configuring applications to reduce the risk of exploitation, and

8. Implementing daily backups – creating regular backups of data to ensure it can be recovered in the event of a breach.

By implementing these strategies, organisations can significantly reduce their risk of a successful cyber-attack. The strategies are designed to be implemented in a layered approach, with each layer providing additional protection against malicious actors.

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