Essential Eight Audit & Compliance

Secure your organisation by ensuring compliance with the government mandated Essential Eight framework.

Who is Essential Eight Cyber Security Audit for?

An Essential Eight audit is a process of evaluating an organisation’s cyber security posture to ensure compliance with the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents.

The Essential Eight were designed to help organisations protect themselves against various cyber threats. All organisations that deal with confidential information or maintain critical systems should conduct an Essential 8 audit. This includes small, medium, and large enterprises, government departments, non-profit organisations, and any other type of organisation.

Essential Eight Cyber Security Audit - Holocron Cyber

How an Essential 8 Audit Works

Holocron Cyber employs experienced security consultants to facilitate the delivery of the ACSC Essential Eight audit. The methodology involves several phases, as outlined below:

Virtual Chief Information Security Officer

Phase 1: Plan & Prepare

Holocron consultants focus on identifying the key components of the customer’s systems that are involved with processing and handling information or data.

Managed Detection and Response

Phase 2: Engage & Gather Evidence

Using existing documentation and interviewing subject matter experts, Holocron gather evidence of compliance with the Essential Eight. This phase may involve several workshops with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive understanding of the overall cyber security posture of the organisation.

Non Compliance

Phase 3: Analyse & Assess

The evidence collected during the previous stage is compiled and examined. Analysis of this evidence is conducted to determine maturity levels in line with the Essential Eight framework. A formal set of criteria must be met for each maturity level. Areas of non-compliance are assessed, and a report is developed that provides guidance on areas for remediation.

What is in involved in an Essential 8 Cyber Security Audit

During an Essential Eight audit, our consultants will review the organisation’s compliance against each of the Essential Eight strategies to mitigate cyber security incidents. These include:

Essential Eight Audit

Application Control

The process of controlling which applications can be installed and used on an organisation’s network. This control ensures that only approved applications are installed, and that they are regularly updated and patched.

Essential Eight Audit

Patch Applications

The process of regularly updating applications to the latest version to ensure the security of the organisation’s systems. This control patches applications to fix any known vulnerabilities and prevent cyber attacks.

Managed SOC

Configure MS Office Macro Settings

The process of controlling if macros are disabled for users that do not have a demonstrated business requirement. This control protects against malicious macros that can be used to spread malware and gain access to systems.

Cyber Security Services

User Application Hardening

The process of restricting a user’s access to certain applications. This control help ensure that applications are sufficiently hardened with particular functions that could allow malicious activities being disabled or removed.

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Restrict Administrative Privileges

The process of controlling privileged access to applications and systems and ensuring that access is validated upon request. This control helps organisartions restrict access to sensitive data and prevent malicious activity on the network.

Information Security Policy Uplift

Patch Operating Systems

The process of regularly deploying patches to the organisation’s operating systems. This control ensures the operating system in updated to the latest version to fix any known security vulnerabilities.

Managed Cyber Security Protection for your Essential Eight Audit compliance

Multi-Factor Authentication

The process of requiring users to provide additional authentication methods, such as a PIN or biometric, when accessing the organisation’s network. This control ensures that only authorised users have access to sensitive data.

Cisco Umbrella Deployment

Regular Backups

The process of regularly performing backups of important data, software and configuration settings and retaining them in a resilient manner. This control ensures that any data can be recovered in the event of a cyber attack.

The benefits of an Essential Eight Audit for your organisation


An Essential Eight audit can help ensure that an organisation is in compliance with a government-mandated information security framework.

Risk assessment

An audit can help an organisation identify and assess potential vulnerabilities in its information security systems and practices. This can help the organisation prioritise its efforts to improve its security posture.

Improved security

An audit can help an organisation identify weaknesses in its information security systems and practices and implement measures to address those weaknesses. This can help improve the organisation's overall security posture.

Customer trust

An audit can help an organisation demonstrate to its customers, clients, and partners that it takes information security seriously and is committed to protecting sensitive data.

Cost savings

Implementing effective information security measures can help an organisation avoid costly data breaches and other security incidents. An audit can help the organisation identify the most cost-effective measures to implement.

The risks of NOT performing a Cyber Security Audit

Compliance risks

If an organisation is required to comply with specific regulations or standards related to information security, and it does not conduct an audit to ensure compliance, it may be subject to fines and penalties.

Security vulnerabilities

If an organisation does not conduct an audit to identify and assess potential vulnerabilities in its information security systems and practices, it may be at higher risk for data breaches and other security incidents.

Loss of sensitive data

If an organisation's information security systems and practices are inadequate, it may be at risk for losing sensitive data, which could have serious consequences for the organisation and its customers or clients.

Reputational damage

If an organisation experiences a data breach or other security incident, it may suffer damage to its reputation, which could lead to loss of customers or clients.

Increased costs

If an organisation does not conduct an audit to identify and address weaknesses in its information security systems and practices, it may be at higher risk for data breaches and other security incidents, which can be costly to remediate.

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