Essential 8 Security Controls for Businesses: How Stride IT Can Help

In today’s digital age, businesses face a multitude of cybersecurity threats. With the increasing number of cyber attacks, it is essential for businesses to implement effective security controls to safeguard their critical data and assets. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has identified the Essential 8, a set of security controls that can help organisations to enhance their cybersecurity posture. In this article, we will discuss the Essential 8 security controls and how Stride IT can help businesses to implement them.

What are the Essential 8

The Essential 8 security controls are a comprehensive set of strategies that organisations can implement to mitigate the most common types of cyber threats. These controls are designed to provide a layered approach to cybersecurity, meaning that they work together to provide multiple levels of protection. The Essential 8 security controls are as follows:

Application Whitelisting

This security control involves creating a list of approved software applications that are allowed to run on the organization’s network. Stride IT can help businesses to implement application whitelisting by identifying the software applications that are required for business operations and creating a list of approved applications.

Patching Applications

This control involves keeping software applications up-to-date with the latest security patches. Stride IT can help businesses to automate the patching process and ensure that all software applications are updated regularly.

Patching Operating Systems

Similar to patching applications, this control involves keeping the operating system up-to-date with the latest security patches. Stride IT can help businesses to automate the patching process for the operating system and ensure that all devices are updated regularly.

Restricting Administrative Privileges

This control involves limiting access to administrative privileges to only those who need them to perform their job functions. Stride IT can help businesses to implement this control by creating user accounts with appropriate access levels.

Multi-Factor Authentication

This security control involves requiring users to provide more than one form of identification to access systems and applications. Stride IT can help businesses to implement multi-factor authentication by setting up systems that require users to provide a password and a second form of identification, such as a fingerprint or a smart card.

Backing Up Data

This control involves creating regular backups of critical data to ensure that it can be recovered in the event of a cyber-attack or data loss. Stride IT can help businesses to implement this control by setting up automated backup systems and testing the recovery process.

Monitoring Logs

This control involves monitoring system and application logs for signs of unauthorised activity. Stride IT can help businesses to implement this control by setting up a centralized logging system and analyzing logs for signs of suspicious activity.

Email Filtering

This control involves filtering incoming and outgoing emails for spam, phishing, and malware. Stride IT can help businesses implement email filtering by setting up systems that automatically scan emails for suspicious activity and block emails identified as potential threats.

Implementing the Essential 8 security controls can be a daunting task for businesses. However, with the help of Stride IT, organisations can implement these controls more easily and effectively. Stride IT is a leading cybersecurity service provider with extensive experience helping businesses enhance their cybersecurity posture. Stride IT can help businesses to assess their current cybersecurity posture, identify areas of vulnerability, and implement the Essential 8 security controls.

In conclusion, the Essential 8 security controls provide comprehensive strategies to help businesses mitigate the most common types of cyber threats. By working with Stride IT, businesses can implement these controls more easily and effectively, enhancing their cybersecurity posture and safeguarding their critical data and assets.