Governments and the agencies responsible for critical infrastructure are evolving to meet diverse needs for more data for more users – citizens, warfighters, patients, students and contractors – in more places than ever. ‘Smart Government’ initiatives are driving innovative approaches to how governments can make use of data from more constituents, and smart sensors are changing the way militaries can use real-time data from far afield. These realities are driving a new way of operating that must also include new cyber security considerations.

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has again issued Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents guidelines to help Australia’s critical infrastructure and other organisations protect the nation’s digital assets. These strategies are born from ASD’s observation and experience whilst responding to cybersecurity incidents and testing the security posture of Australian government organisations. ASD consider the ‘Essential Eight’ a cybersecurity baseline for all organisations.

This document maps the capabilities provided by the Palo Alto Networks® Security Operating Platform against these ASD Strategies to mitigate cybersecurity incidents.