The Essential Eight Maturity Model is a framework for achieving cybersecurity goals and mitigating security risks, but it’s surprising how many businesses don’t implement this correctly or have yet to implement them at all. While it is a carefully developed level system based on a list of eight key aspects of modern cybersecurity, it’s easy for businesses to feel overwhelmed and confused on how to achieve the maximum level of security they seek. By partnering with Invotec, your business will be well equipped on how to identify, review, and implement reliable cybersecurity measures.
Many business owners and managers treat cybersecurity as a “set and forget” aspect of their technology, wrongly assuming that a basic set of security technologies will be enough to keep them safe without further intervention.
It’s assumptions like this that lead to malicious intrusions and data breaches. Cybercrime methodology evolves at a staggering rate with new attack vectors being discovered every day, meaning security systems left unreviewed will quickly get left behind. No matter how confident you are in your cybersecurity, having a system and a strategy to rely on when the inevitable happens is a vital part of cybersecurity. Preferably a system like the Essential Eight Maturity Model.
The Essential Eight Maturity Model is a set of prioritized mitigation strategies developed by the Australian Cyber Security Centre to assist businesses in addressing and eliminating cybersecurity vulnerabilities. These strategies are drawn from the Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents, the main ones being the Essential Eight.
In short, it’s a rather simple rubric that you can follow to make sure that all your bases are covered when it comes to cybersecurity. In addition to listing the technical aspects of cybersecurity that you should address and verify, it also provides a system by which to rate your adherence to the system.
The “maturity” portion of the model refers to the three maturity levels it is based on. Meant to help businesses better track how well they are following the Essential Eight Maturity Model, these levels are clearly defined in line with each of the Eight strategies. The maturity level definitions are as follows:
It’s important to remember that depending on the size of your business and the industry you operate in, the frequency, severity, and type of risks you encounter can vary greatly. In those cases, you may very well move from one maturity level to another over time, and as such, will require more regular updating.
Addressing the most vital components of a strong cybersecurity defence, the Essential Eight Maturity Model includes the following:
Furthermore, each level also requires that end of life applications (those that are no longer receiving vendor support such as updates, and patches) are updated or replaced with vendor-supported alternatives.
Taken all at once, this may seem like a lot to manage on your own. If you’re unsure of how to undertake this process, you should consult Invotec for assistance.
Regardless, the best part of security frameworks like the Essential Eight Maturity Model is that once you reach Level 3 Maturity, much of the processes are automated, redundant, and provide fail-safes. While it may take time, effort and other resources to get there, even Level 1 Maturity provides a degree of confidence in your cybersecurity.
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