Essential 8

cyber security

Mitigating Cyber Risks

At TechBrain, we believe that good cyber security begins with strategic planning and a thorough understanding of your specific company environment.

We specialise in performing comprehensive Essential 8 assessments, which are designed to compare your organisation’s cyber security posture against the eight critical security measures established by the Australian Signals Directorate.

The Essential 8, developed and maintained by the ASD, plays a crucial role in enhancing an organisation’s security posture and effectively reducing the risk of cyber security incidents.

Our goal is to empower your business with the insights and recommendations needed to strengthen your cyber defences, mitigate risks, and protect your valuable assets from evolving cyber threats.

Our Approach to the Essential Eight Maturity Model

We understand that each firm is unique, with its own set of difficulties, objectives, and risk tolerances. That’s why we customise each evaluation, collaborating closely with your team to acquire a complete understanding of your IT architecture, existing security policies, and any risks.

This allows us to adjust the Essential 8 controls to your unique needs, ensuring maximum protection and performance.

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) recommends the Essential 8 framework, which incorporates eight priority security procedures to guard against different cyber attacks.

When you hire TechBrain for an Essential 8 assessment, our certified security specialists will thoroughly review your systems, apps, and procedures.

We’ll examine your organisation’s alignment with the essential eight strategies, which include:

  1. Application control
  2. Patch applications
  3. Configure Microsoft Office macro settings.
  4. User application hardening
  5. Restrict administrative privileges.
  6. Patch operating systems
  7. Multi-factor authentication
  8. Regular backups

During this complete evaluation, we will discover areas where your organisation excels in cyber security and possible gaps that might expose your company to cyber attacks.
Our results will be presented in the form of a detailed report with practical suggestions for rectification and improvement.

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Benefits of an
Essential Eight

By proactively detecting and correcting security weaknesses, you’ll greatly minimise the likelihood of data breaches, cyber attacks, and other security issues. These occurrences may interrupt your operations, harm your reputation, and cause financial loss.

Our evaluation will provide you with a comprehensive picture of your cyber security posture, allowing you to prioritise and deploy resources efficiently to solve the most important vulnerabilities.

Reduce Cyber Risks

Implementing the Essential 8 reduces the chance of cyber security issues, safeguarding your assets from malware, ransomware, and unauthorised access. The Essential Eight Maturity Model helps to analyse the efficacy of security controls and improve compliance procedures.

Enhance Compliance

Many industries have strict regulations regarding data protection and cyber security. Our Essential 8 assessments ensure that you meet these requirements, helping you avoid legal and financial repercussions. The essential mitigation strategies provided by the Essential 8 framework offer a blueprint to enhance your organisation’s security posture.

Build Trust

In a world where data breaches are frequently front-page news, displaying your dedication to cyber security may help you stand out. A solid security posture not only generates trust with clients, but it also increases credibility with stakeholders, resulting in stronger business collaborations.

Cost Efficiency

Investing in preventative measures is far less expensive than dealing with the financial and reputational harm caused by security breaches. By investing in an Essential 8 evaluation, you may dramatically reduce possible recovery expenses, data loss events, and reputational harm.

An Essential 8 evaluation indicates your company’s commitment to cyber security best practices and regulatory compliance.

Aligning your security measures with the Essential 8 framework guarantees that your company fulfils industry-specific security standards, such as the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) or the

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), for example.

By aligning your security controls with the Essential 8 framework, you can ensure that your company is well-positioned to satisfy these commitments, preserve the trust of its customers and stakeholders and avoid costly fines for non-compliance.


Cyber Security Posture
from a Business

Business owners should consider an Essential 8 evaluation a strategic investment with the potential for large rewards.

Cyber security is no longer just an IT concern; it’s a critical business issue that can have far-reaching consequences.

By proactively identifying and mitigating cyber security risks, you can hedge your risk against compromising your organisation’s sensitive data, intellectual property and financial assets.

This in turn helps to ensure the continuity of your operations, preserves your brand’s reputation and instills trust in your consumers and partners.

Mitigating Malware Risks

Application whitelisting and patch management, two of the Essential 8 techniques, are crucial in avoiding malware infestations because they only allow approved apps to execute and ensure that all software is up-to-date with the most recent security updates.

Preventing Unauthorised Access

Multi-factor authentication and administrative privilege restrictions are critical strategies for limiting who has access to your systems, dramatically lowering the risk of internal and external breaches.

Data Security

Regular backups and data recovery solutions ensure that, in the case of a cyber attack, your company can continue operations with little delay, protecting your reputation and customer confidence.

Our Commitment to Your Cyber Security

Choosing TechBrain as your cyber security partner means taking a proactive, complete approach. We don’t just examine; we create and manage a cyber security architecture that evolves alongside your company.

We understand that cyber security is an ongoing journey, not a one-time destination.

That’s why we offer ongoing support and guidance to help you maintain a strong security posture over time. Our team is available to answer your questions, provide additional resources, and assist with the implementation of our recommendations.

Assessing and improving the maturity level of these controls is crucial to ensuring they provide the highest level of protection against cyber attacks.

Take a proactive approach to strengthening your organisation’s cyber security defences. Working with our team allows you to obtain vital insights into your security posture, discover and resolve vulnerabilities, and align your controls with industry best practices.

Our personalised approach, along with our strong knowledge of cyber security and steadfast dedication to client success, makes TechBrain the ideal choice for your Essential 8 assessment partner.


How long does an Essential 8 assessment take?

The length of an Essential 8 assessment varies depending on the size and complexity of your organisation’s IT infrastructure. Typically, the assessment process takes 2-4 weeks, including data gathering, analysis, and report preparation. We work efficiently to minimise disruptions to your operations.

What kind of report will we receive after the assessment?

Broadly speaking:

  • An executive summary highlighting key findings and recommendations
  • Detailed analysis of your organisation’s alignment with each of the Essential 8 strategies
  • Prioritised recommendations for remediation and improvement
  • Roadmap for implementing the recommended security controls
  • Benchmarking data to compare your cyber security posture against industry standards

After the assessment, what kind of ongoing support does TechBrain provide to help us maintain and improve our cyber security posture?

TechBrain is committed to ongoing support to ensure your cyber security measures remain effective and up-to-date.

We offer continuous monitoring, regular updates on emerging threats, and periodic reviews of your cyber security posture. Our team is always available to provide advice, answer questions, and assist with any cyber security challenges you may face. We also offer additional assessments as needed to keep your defences robust.

How often should we conduct an Essential 8 assessment?

We recommend performing an Essential 8 assessment every year, in the case of a breach, or anytime there are substantial changes to your IT infrastructure, such as major system updates or the introduction of new technologies.

Regular evaluations help keep your cyber security measures up-to-date and effective in the face of emerging threats.

Can TechBrain assist with the remediation and implementation of the recommendations provided in the assessment report?

Yes, we provide thorough help for the remediation and execution of the assessment report’s recommendations.

Does TechBrain offer any training or education services to help our employees understand and adhere to the Essential 8 strategies?

We offer cyber security awareness training and education services to help your employees understand and adhere to the Essential 8 strategies.

Our training programmes are designed to be engaging and informative, covering topics such as:

  • Recognising and reporting phishing attempts
  • Secure password practices
  • Safe browsing habits
  • Data handling and privacy best practices
  • Mobile device security controls

We can deliver training through various methods, including on-site workshops, webinars and e-learning modules, to accommodate your organisation’s preferences and learning styles.