2022 ACSC Alert Response | How Risk Assessments can keep you secure

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Image credit: Australian Cyber Security Centre

In light of the current situation in Ukraine, the ACSC [Australian Cyber Security Centre] released an alert encouraging Australian organisations to adopt an enhanced cyber security posture to protect and prevent any possible malicious cyber activity. 

What has caused this alert? 
Historically, there have been incidents of cyber attacks against Ukraine which have resulted in international consequences. These types of malicious cyber activities could impact Australian organisations through unintended disruption or uncontained malicious cyber activities.

While the ACSC is not aware of any current or specific threats, adopting an enhanced cybersecurity posture will help to identify and reduce any potential impacts of destructive malware presenting threats to an organisation’s daily operations, impacting the availability of critical assets and data.

What can I do to stay secure?  
The ACSC is recommending organisations to prioritise increased security policies which include reviewing and enhancing detection, mitigation, and response measures. Security Risk Assessments are a good tool to review your organisation’s security position and identify any actions needed to remediate threats.

About Risk Assessments 
Blackbird IT prides itself on providing our clients with best-practice IT recommendations. Risk Assessments will review your environment in accordance with the following Essential Eight Mitigation Strategies:

  • Application Control
  • Patch Applications
  • Configure Microsoft Office Macro Settings
  • User Application Hardening
  • Restrict Administration Privileges
  • Path Operating Systems
  • Multi-factor Authentication
  • Regular Backups

A report will be compiled as part of this Risk Assessment which will outline the following items:

  • What was discovered while reviewing the specific Essential Eight Mitigation Strategies
  • Recommendations for remediation actions

A proposal will be provided on this report which will outline the project and hardware costs based on recommended remediation, ongoing product/licencing costs, ongoing maintenance costs.

Security Risk Assessment Process

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We encourage organisations to act now and follow ACSC’s advice to improve cyber security resilience in light of the heightened threat at hand. If you have any questions, or are interested in a Security Risk Assessment, please reach out to our team below.

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