Essential Eight Maturity Model

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Since technology has become one of the fulcrums of your business, it’s only natural that cybersecurity has become one, too. Though you may think your business is relatively cybersecure, how can you be totally sure?

This is where the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and their Essential Eight cybersecurity controls play a role in helping your business improve its cybersecurity.

To assess how cybersecure your business is across all eight of these essential controls, the ACSC have a maturity model, ranging from ratings 0 to 3. Here, the experts in IT solutions at Real Innovation Group discuss the Essential Eight maturity model and why it’s so imperative to assess your business’s cybersecurity against these criteria.

What is the Essential Eight maturity model?

The Australian Cyber Security Centre recommends that all organisations implement their Essential Eight security measures as a foundation for mitigating cybersecurity threats. On top of this, they provide a maturity model which indicates 4 distinct levels of cybersecurity through the scope of the Essential Eight. The maturity model is used to assess organisation on how aligned their IT systems are with the Essential Eight. The maturity levels include:

  • Level 0: not at all aligned with the Essential Eight cyber threat mitigation strategy
  • Level 1: partially aligned with the functions of the mitigation strategy
  • Level 2: mostly aligned with the functions of the mitigation strategy
  • Level 3: totally aligned with the functions of the mitigation strategy

Why should your business or organisation implement the Essential Eight?

Implementing the Essential Eight security controls is one simple thing you can do to better protect your business or organisation from the risk of cyberattack. Real Innovation Group can help implement better protocols using the Essential Eight. The benefits of this include:

  • Increased data protection
    Your data is everything. You store a plethora of important information on your technology devices, such as the personal information of clients, financial information, intellectual property and more. By increasing advancing your Essential Eight maturity level, you’re protecting this sensitive data from cyberattack.
  • Cost-effectiveness
    Another reason to strive for a higher Essential Eight maturity level is because increasing cybersecurity protocols costs far less than the potential damage caused by cyberattack. Think of the thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of dollars that might be lost due to a cyberattack; a costly attack like that can be prevented by beefing up your cybersecurity.
  • Minimising downtime
    You know what they say: ‘prevention is better than the cure’. Preventing a cybersecurity attack by implementing the Essential Eight cybersecurity controls means you’re minimising potential downtime.

Talk to the team at Real Innovation Group today

Want to advance your Essential Eight maturity level by hiring a team of experienced IT professionals? Real Innovation Group are Australia’s leading team in a broad range of cybersecurity services. If you’re interested in ditching the break-fix service model, or switching to a more committed and on-the-ball team of professionals, Real Innovation Group is here for you. Our managed services ensure your business is reducing wasted time and money on training and staff upkeep, while giving you high quality, round-the-clock results. Prevent problems, get innovative solutions and save money all at the same time when you talk to the team at Real Innovation Group and inquire about our IT services today!

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