ASD essential tips to be cyber secure Watch Now Tighter yet more flexible controls for user authentication have been set for Australian government agencies in the new Essential Eight Maturity Model published by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). “The ACSC is de-emphasising a number of vulnerable authentication factors within our maturity model, such as the use of SMS,” an ACSC spokesperson told ZDNet. “A recent example of the vulnerable nature of SMS was highlighted by the compromise of Reddit accounts in mid-2018, where SMS tokens were captured as part of the attack.” The Maturity Model measures an organisation’s compliance with the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) Essential Eight strategies for mitigating cyber attacks. This new version brings the model into line with the new version of the Australian government’s Information Security Manual (ISM), which was also just released, following major update in December 2018. Maturity level three means that the organisation’s implementation of the Essential Eight is in full compliance with ISM requirements. The lower maturity levels “provide stepping stones for organisations to reach a compliant state”. Previously, multi-factor authentication required the use of a passphrase plus one other factor. At maturity levels one and two, the allowed factors included… Read full this story
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