Despite the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) recommendations of the ‘Essential Eight’ mitigation strategies, Australia’s major political parties have been targeted during a cyber attack on the Australian Parliament’s servers.
While no single mitigation strategy is guaranteed to prevent cyber security incidents, organisations are recommended to implement eight essential mitigation strategies as a baseline.
This baseline (known as the Essential Eight) makes it much harder for adversaries to compromise systems. Furthermore, implementing the Essential Eight proactively can be more cost-effective in terms of time, money and effort than having to respond to a large-scale cyber security incident.
Overall, it is evident that the security of the organisation is only as good as the staff who adhere to the strategies supplied.