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Essential Eight

Essential Eight compliance regulation

What is Essential Eight?

The Essential Eight, published in 2017, is an Australian cybersecurity framework developed and maintained by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). It was enacted to protect organizations from potential online threats and cyberattacks. The Essential Eight regulations are applicable across a broad spectrum of networks, systems, and applications in the digital world.

The Essential Eight compliance mandates provide a robust cybersecurity strategy for businesses, divided across three primary objectives: prevention of cyberattacks, limiting the impact of cyberattacks, and data recovery and system availability.

What are the Essential Eight Security Controls?

The following are the Essential Eight Security Controls:

Preventing cyberattacks

  1. Patch application vulnerabilities
  2. Application control
  3. User application hardening
  4. Configuring MS Office macro settings

Limiting the impact of cyberattacks

  1. Patch operating system vulnerabilities
  2. Restrict admin access
  3. Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Data recovery and system availability

  1. Daily backups

Make your organization adhere to the Essential Eight strategies with ADSelfService Plus

ADSelfService Plus offers these advanced MFA capabilities that can help your organization comply with the Essential Eight Security Control objective of limiting the impact of cyberattacks:

  1. MFA for applications and endpoints: Secure user access to organizational data by enabling MFA for machines, enterprise applications, VPNs, RDPs, and OWAs.
  2. Multiple MFA authenticators: Choose from a range of 19 different MFA authenticators, like biometrics and YubiKey authenticator, to verify users' identities.
  3. Easy configuration: Simplify the MFA enrollment process for both admins and users using quick enrollment options, like email or push notifications and CSV file imports, and enforce different MFA methods for users based on OUs and groups.
  4. Customizable trust settings: Customize MFA trust settings to allow users to establish a trusted browser or device, enabling them to skip MFA for a limited number of days to save time.

Multi-factor authentication


Secure user access to all enterprise applications and endpoints in your network using MFA.


Choose from around 20 different authenticators to verify your users' identities.


Set up different MFA flows for different groups or departments in your organization.

Multi-factor authentication

Secure user access to all enterprise applications and endpoints in your network using MFA.
Choose from around 20 different authenticators to verify your users' identities.
Set up different MFA flows for different groups or departments in your organization.

Benefits of using ADSelfService Plus to comply with the Essential Eight mandates

  • Increased password security: Apart from MFA, ensure all-around protection from cyberattacks with the help of advanced password policies that enforce passphrases and restrict common patterns from passwords.
  • Advanced MFA techniques: Implement adaptive MFA techniques, like conditional access and customizable trust options, to authenticate users based on their location, IP address, and device type.
  • Fine-grained flexibility: Enforce different MFA settings for users with varying levels of access to sensitive organizational data, based on their OUs or groups.
  • Compliance with regulatory standards: Ensure that your organization complies not only with the Essential Eight standards but also with NIST SP 800-63B, PCI DSS, CJIS, and SOX compliance mandates.

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