ASD Essential 8 Compliance Services

Elevate your defence and be cyber-ready. Strengthen your business security against cyber attacks with our Essential 8 Compliance Service in Sydney.

Essential 8: The Framework for a Secure Tomorrow

Are you ready to secure your business future with the Essential 8 cybersecurity framework? Developed by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), the eight essential mitigation strategies proactively protect organisations against cyber threats. It outlines eight key strategies, forming a strong foundation for your cyber defences.

Our Sydney-based service goes beyond ensuring seamless compliance with Essential 8 guidelines. We offer expert guidance and ongoing support to help you effectively implement each strategy, from patching applications and ensuring daily backups to mitigating cyber security incidents. Our expert team will guide you through each strategy, ensuring your business remains resilient against evolving threats.

Benefits of ASD Essential 8 Compliance

Improve your organisation’s security posture by adhering to Essential 8 strategies. Discover the benefits of implementing these powerful tactics for your organisation.

  • Strengthens your organisation’s resilience against potential vulnerabilities, minimising the likelihood of successful attacks.
  • Ensures your organisational compliance with regulatory requirements, mitigating the risk of penalties and legal consequences.
  • Substantially diminishes the risk of data breaches and other security incidents by implementing measures such as application patching, multi-factor authentication, and user access controls.
  • Equips your organisation with enhanced capabilities to swiftly and effectively detect, respond, and recover from cyber incidents.
  • Elevates your organisation’s reputation, instilling trust among customers, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Aids in avoiding the financial impact of data breaches, including regulatory fines, legal expenses, and damage to reputation.
  • Empowers your organisation to proactively stay ahead of emerging threats and adapt to evolving security challenges.

Eight Essential Models for Essential Protection

Navigate the cybersecurity landscape with Essential 8 Maturity Levels. Tailored for organisations seeking to enhance their security level, each level represents a progression in implementing the essential eight strategies. From foundational, “Level 0, where sporadic controls are implemented” to advanced “Level 3, featuring mature processes and continuous improvement”, identify your current level of compliance and potential gaps. These maturity levels empower your organisation to thrive in the face of evolving cyber threats. Monitor and track your compliance through the following maturity scale.

Patch Applications

Maintain the security of your organisation by promptly applying patches to critical applications, rebalancing patching timeframes and addressing critical vulnerabilities within 48 hours.

Strengthen overall security and enhance system stability by swiftly and consistently applying security patches to address identifies vulnerabilities.

Enhance login security by requiring an additional factor, like a ‘something users have’ or ‘something users know’, making unauthorised access harder.

Limits user access to the minimum necessary level for their duties, especially in cloud services, reducing potential damage from compromised accounts.

Define and manage which applications you can install and run on your devices, preventing unauthorised or malicious applications from being installed.

Strengthen your security posture by configuring macro settings to prevent execution from potentially harmful sources, particularly from unknown senders.

Elevate the security of user applications by implementing robust measures to minimise critical vulnerabilities and prevent exploitation by cyber threats.

Create regular backups of critical data to ensure you have a copy readily available for quick recovery in case of security incidents or system failure.

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Essential 8 Maturity Levels

Consisting of eight strategic pillars, Essential 8 encompasses a critical cybersecurity framework to fortify organisations against diverse cyber threats with professionalism and briefness.

Maturity Level 0

Organisations are at a basic level reacting to incidents rather than proactively addressing vulnerabilities lacking cyber security tools and practices.

Example: Your company has minimal cybersecurity measures in place. You have no dedicated IT security team and lack proactive vulnerability management. When incidents occur, you reactively address them, without a comprehensive understanding of their vulnerabilities and lacking appropriate cybersecurity tools and practices.

Maturity Level 1

Organisations starts developing foundational cybersecurity practices, employing basic security tools and initiating Essential eight security control.

Example: Your company has recognised the importance of cybersecurity and is taking initial steps to improve its security posture. You have started developing foundational cybersecurity practices, such as implementing basic firewall and antivirus solutions. And also have initiated the implementation of Essential Eight security controls, such as patching applications and operating systems.


Maturity Level 2

Organisations implement Essential 8 security strategies and actively manage their security to mitigate targeted cyber attacks using advanced tools.

Example: Your enterprise has made significant progress in their cybersecurity journey. You have implemented the Essential 8 security strategies and actively managed your security to mitigate targeted cyber attacks. Utilising advanced tools like intrusion detection systems, endpoint protection solutions, and network monitoring tools, you regularly conduct vulnerability assessments and have response plans in place.


Maturity Level 3

Organisations optimise cybersecurity practices, effectively implement all Essential Eight strategies, and continuously enhance their security posture.

Example: Your corporation has reached an advanced level of cybersecurity maturity. You have effectively implemented all Essential 8 strategies across your organisation. Continuously enhancing your security posture, you stay updated on emerging threats and adopt the latest technologies and best practices. With a dedicated cybersecurity team in place, you conduct regular audits and actively monitor systems for potential vulnerabilities or breaches.


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Benchmark your progress in securing your organisation

Assessing the effectiveness and maturity of your cybersecurity measures are vital in safeguarding against evolving threats. Through our Essential 8 Compliance Service, you’ll gain a precise understanding of your organisation’s cybersecurity readiness. Our thorough assessment will highlight key findings, and we will provide customised recommendations to enhance your security measures. Our expert team will collaborate closely with you, steering the implementation of essential security controls to ensure you’re on track towards achieving the highest maturity level of Essential 8. Reach out to us and elevate your cybersecurity strategy today.


Essential 8 compliance refers to adhering to the cybersecurity framework developed by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) through the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), which outlines eight essential strategies for mitigating cyber security threats and enhancing security measures. It provides guidelines and security practices to help organisations protect their systems and data from potential attacks.

The Essential 8 focuses on eight key strategies that organisations should implement to improve their cyber security level. These strategies include patching applications, patching operating systems, enabling multi-factor authentication, restricting administrative privileges, implementing application control, restricting Microsoft Office macros, user application hardening, and regular backups.

Organisations must evaluate their current security measures, find any holes or weaknesses, and put the framework’s suggested tactics into practice in order to comply with the Essential 8 controls. This could entail tasks like setting up security settings, managing patches, educating staff members, and creating incident response protocols.

Essential Eight compliance is not mandatory by law or regulation, but it is strongly suggested by cybersecurity professionals as a best practice for organisations to protect themselves from cyber threats. According to (Protective Security Policy Framework) PSPF Policy 10, entities are required to implement level 2 of the Essential 8 Maturity Model to achieve a ‘managing’ maturity level for all eight essential mitigation methods.

Implementing the Essential 8 involves several steps. These typically include identifying vulnerabilities through a security assessment, developing a roadmap for implementing the recommended controls, setting up incident response procedures, educating staff on safe practices, configuring systems and apps in accordance with best practices, and routinely checking and updating security measures.

Organisations should strive to achieve a high level of maturity in implementing the Essential 8 controls to strengthen their cybersecurity defences and reduce risks effectively. The ASD provides maturity level guidance for each control, ranging from Level 0 (sporadic) to Level 3 (optimised). The specific target maturity level should be determined based on the organisation’s risk appetite and available resources.

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