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Australian National Audit Office Report June 10 2022
Cyber basics still beyond fed gov as Essential Eight mandate looms
Audit finds most controls “still significantly below” requirement.
Australian National Audit Office Report: The Auditor-General Auditor-General Report No.32 2021–22 Financial Statements Audit
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Federal government agencies are continuing to struggle to implement the ‘Essential Eight’ cyber security controls, with only two of 19 agencies recently examined by the national auditor making the required grade.
A total of 36 IT control environment findings were reported to the entities comprising no significant, 10 moderate, 26 minor. the majority of the findings are related to the management of user terminations, logging and monitoring of privileged users, and password management.
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The ANAO noted that a parliamentary inquiry last year had recommended the need for greater accountability of the cyber security requirements, including over the self-assessment process.
“While entities’ compliance with PSPF cyber security requirements remains low, there continues to be the risk of compromise to information,” it said.
From July 2022, non-corporate Commonwealth entities will be expected to implement Essential Eight maturity level two mitigations to achieve a managing maturity rating under Policy 10 part of the protective security policy framework (PSPF).