The Australian Signals Directorate’s Essential Eight critical cyber mitigation strategies, to which all government departments should adhere, was published in February 2017. Of these eight, a subset known as the Top 4 was previously mandated by the Auditor General.
In October 2017, Australia’s Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit published a report on cyber readiness and adoption of the Top 4 across a number of Federal Government agencies. The findings stated that:
“Certain major federal government departments were not cyber resilient and needed to improve their governance arrangements and prioritise cybersecurity ... The Committee considers that all non-corporate Commonwealth entities should become compliant with the Top Four mitigation strategies ”
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