Achieving Essential 8 Compliance: Why Cythera uses Automox for Patch and Office Macros Management.

09 Apr / 2024

At Cythera, we understand the unique cybersecurity challenges faced by Australian organisations. The Australian Signals Directorate's (ASD) Essential 8 (E8) framework provides a robust and effective roadmap for organisations to improve their cyber resilience. Alongside our partnerships with CrowdStrike and Druva, we work with Automox to focus on 3 of the 8 key controls of E8: Restrict Microsoft Office Macros, Patch Applications and Patch Operating Systems. 

Our secret weapon? Automox's intelligent patching and hardening automation platform.

Essential 8: The Foundation for Australian Cybersecurity

The ASD's Essential 8 is a set of eight mitigation strategies designed to safeguard Australian organisations against the most prevalent cyber threats. Three of the most powerful strategies for organisations to deploy reduce the risk of compromise through unpatched operating systems and applications and through controlling the use of macros:

  • Patching operating systems: Automatically patching operating systems to keep them on the latest versions while reducing vulnerabilities with the latest available hotfixes 
  • Application patching: Regularly applying updates to applications installed on your systems, addressing vulnerabilities in your fleet of deployed software.
  • Restricting Office macros: Disabling or strictly limiting the use of Microsoft Office macros from untrusted sources to prevent malicious code execution and to digitally sign and mark safe corporate-developed macros.

Automox: The Automated Path to Essential 8 Compliance

Cythera leverages Automox's powerful patching & hardening solution to streamline and automate these critical processes. Here's how Automox empowers you to achieve Essential 8 compliance:

  • Automox Worklets: These pre-built scripts automate routine patching tasks, ensuring consistent and efficient application of updates across your entire IT infrastructure. Gone are the days of manual patching – Automox takes care of the heavy lifting, freeing your IT team to focus on strategic initiatives.
  • Real-time Patch Visibility: Automox provides a comprehensive view of your patching status, identifying unpatched systems and vulnerabilities in real time. This allows for proactive mitigation and faster response times to potential threats.
  • Simplified Workflows: Automox simplifies complex patching processes with intuitive interfaces and automated workflows. Our platform streamlines patch deployment, testing, and approval processes, saving you valuable time and resources.
  • Application Hardening: Automox goes beyond basic patching. Worklets can be crafted to implement application hardening – a process of configuring applications to minimise their attack surface. This reduces the risk associated with vulnerabilities and strengthens your overall security posture, significantly improving your Essential 8 compliance.

Why Cythera Chooses Automox

At Cythera, we've chosen Automox as our patching technology of choice for several key reasons:

  • Security Focus: Automox is built with security in mind. Its secure-by-design architecture and role-based access controls ensure the integrity and confidentiality of your patching processes.
  • Scalability and Efficiency: Automox scales effortlessly to accommodate your organisation's growing needs, ensuring efficient patch deployment across a large number of devices.
  • Cross Platform Support: Automox supports not only Windows but also macOS and Linux devices in a single administrative console, reducing deployment complexity and minimising the strain on your IT resources.
  • Unparalleled Support: Cythera prides itself on exceptional customer service. Automox complements this philosophy with a robust support infrastructure, ensuring you have the resources you need to succeed.

Partnering for a More Secure Future

By partnering with Cythera and leveraging the power of Automox, your organisation can prepare for and maintain Essential 8 compliance. Our team of cybersecurity experts will work closely with you to assess your current patching practices, identify vulnerabilities, and implement a comprehensive patching strategy tailored to your specific needs. Together, we can significantly improve your organisation's cyber resilience and safeguard your valuable data from evolving threats.

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