Cyber Essentials Scheme
Computers and network devices cannot be considered secure upon default installation. A standard, ‘out-of-the-box’ configuration can often include an administrative account with a pre-set default password which is publicly known, one or more unnecessary user accounts enabled and pre-installed but unnecessary applications, often called bloatware.
Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
Information, applications and computers within the organisation’s internal networks should be protected against unauthorised access and disclosure from the internet, using boundary firewalls, internet gateways or equivalent network devices. Advice and guidance on adopting good cyber security practices.
User accounts, particularly those with special access privileges (e.g. administrative accounts) should be assigned only to authorised individuals, managed effectively and provide the minimum level of access to applications, computers and networks.
Patch management is a strategy for managing patches or upgrades for software applications and technologies. A patch management plan can help a business or organization handle these changes efficiently.
Produce policies that directly address the business processes (such as email, web browsing, removable media and personally owned devices) that are vulnerable to malware. Scan for malware across your organisation and protect all host and client machines with antivirus solutions that will actively scan for malware. All information supplied to or from your organisation should be scanned for malicious content.