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Australian Government ISM

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) within the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) produces the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM). Purpose The ISM helps organisations use their risk management framework to protect information and … read more

MSP Better Practice Principles

This document specifies the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) better practice principles for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). MSPs commit to these principles as a requirement of joining the ACSC Managed Service Provider Partner Program (MSP3). Download … read more

MSP Investigation Report

The ACSC investigation report details the theft of commercial secrets, data and information from the Australian arm of a multinational construction services company via their Managed Service Provider. The compromise reflects those detailed in a 2017 public … read more

MSPs How to manage risk to your customer

The compromise of several Managed Service Providers (MSPs) global networks was reported in 2017. In response, the ACSC provided stakeholders with the information they needed to protect themselves and others from this threat. Impacted MSPs were made aware, and … read more

Managing security when engaging MSPs

The compromise of several global MSPs was reported in 2017. In response, the ACSC provided stakeholders with the information they needed to protect themselves and others from this threat. Impacted MSPs were informed. In 2018, sophisticated cyber adversaries … read more

Questions to ask your Managed Service Provider

Here are some simple and practical questions that you can ask your managed service provider (MSP), to make sure they’re protecting your system and your data. Download the questionnaire here read more

Cyber Incident Management Arrangements

Australia’s Cyber Incident Management Arrangements (CIMA) outlines the inter-jurisdictional coordination arrangements and principles for Australian Governments’ cooperation in response to national cyber incidents. The CIMA bridges the current gap between a … read more

Joint report on publicly available hacking tools

This report is a collaborative research effort by the cyber security authorities of five nations: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA. It highlights the use of five publicly available tools, observed in recent cyber incidents around the world. To … read more

Essential Eight Explained (PDF)

This publication provides a high-level overview of the eight essential mitigation strategies from the Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents. Essential Eight Explained (PDF) read more

What Executives Should Know About Cyber Security (PDF)

This publication discusses high-level topics that executives should know about cyber security within their organisations. What Executives Should Know About Cyber Security (PDF) read more

Remote access protocol

External parties may need to connect remotely to critical infrastructure control networks. This is to allow manufacturers of equipment the ability to maintain the equipment when a fault is experienced that cannot be fixed in the required timeframe. Such access … read more

ACSC Threat Report 2017

This is the third Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Threat Report. It continues to reflect the experience, focus, and mandates of the ACSC’s member organisations. This report provides an insight into what the Centre has been seeing, learning, and … read more