So, you have a driver to achieve cyber essentials, great stuff. Now if you are a business of reasonable size and scale this activity requires a bit of planning, context and lots of access and data. This could be via a distributed team or via a dedicated project team. In this post I’m going to look at what you may need to conduct the planning, discovery, assessment, and certification for Cyber Essentials and/or CE+.Read more “Cyber Essentials Readiness”
New machines means it’s easy right?
Ok, another post on cyber essentials! I talk about this quite a lot (mainly driven by procurement requirements rather than orgs expressing a deep desire to “have better security” (which is a shame)) however, I want to show people what the real world is like and that meeting cyber essentials is a good thing, but also to look at real world challenges of meeting the standards. In this post we look at some thought provoking questions, then we look at an out of the box Windows and MAC device to see if they meet the standard!Read more “Cyber Essentials – Out of the Box”
It’s “only” essential but it can be bloody difficult!mRr3b00t
Cyber Essentials Areas
Cyber Essentials is a minimum baseline standard for ensuring foundational cyber security considerations and controls are in place. It’s a good starting point, but by no means should it be “THE GOAL” and just because it has “Essentials” in its name, don’t think it’s easy to comply with. Whilst the standard isn’t outlandish with its requirements in the main, the reality between technical capabilities and being able to discover, audit and remediate security configurations in organisations is often nowhere near as simple as someone may tell you. The news here is that the standard has been extended to include some wider areas.Read more “The Challenges of Cyber Essentials Audit and Compliance Activities”
Active directory permissions are a complex beast, at the core of Active Directory you have databases and partitions.
These have access controls lists, there are two types of these:
In active directory auditing these with out of the box tools can be a pain, especially when you are looking to enumerate effective permissions. Luckily a nice chap as made a great PowerShell app which can help you with your auditing activities! Read more “Active Directory Effective Permission Auditing”