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What are the Essential 8 maturity levels?

 

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What are the Essential 8 maturity levels?

The Essential Eight is a set of eight mitigation strategies developed by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) to protect organisations from the most prevalent cyber security threats. The Essential Eight focuses on the most effective and efficient controls that organisations should implement to protect their systems and data. The Essential Eight maturity levels are a way of assessing the effectiveness of an organisation’s implementation of the Essential Eight. The ACSC has defined three maturity levels for each mitigation strategy to help organisations determine how well they have implemented the Essential Eight. Maturity Level One is the lowest level of implementation and is considered partly aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategy. This level of implementation is suitable for organisations that are just beginning to implement the Essential Eight, or organisations that have limited resources to devote to security. Maturity Level Two is considered mostly aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategy. This level of implementation is suitable for organisations that have made some progress towards implementing the Essential Eight, or organisations that have some resources to devote to security. Maturity Level Three is the highest level of implementation and is considered fully aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategy. This level of implementation is suitable for organisations that have made significant progress towards implementing the Essential Eight, or organisations that have considerable resources to devote to security. Organisations should strive to achieve the same maturity level across all components of the Essential Eight before progressing to higher maturity levels. This will ensure comprehensive coverage against various threats. Organisations should begin by identifying a target maturity level that is suitable for their environment. This should be done before any implementation of the Essential Eight begins. Once the target maturity level has been identified, organisations should progressively implement the Essential Eight to establish that target. By assessing their implementation of the Essential Eight against the maturity levels, organisations can determine how effective their security measures are. This will help them identify any areas that need to be improved or strengthened, and ensure that their systems and data are properly protected. .



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