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The Twenty Security Controls

Smartly enhancing enterprise security

We have written before about SANS and the virtuous collaborative work they encourage in the community. They work so well with others and have for so long that a community of trust has arose around them. The collegial project that produced the “20 security controls” referenced here includes a wide range of experienced organizations with knowledge of real attacks and insight into what really works in stopping them (for more on the history of these controls and list of participants who maintain them see SANS). 

So, if you are looking to quickly get up to speed on what really works when thwarting attacks, a great source is the community coordinated 20 Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense.

Here is more from SANS on what these are:

To secure against cyber attacks, organizations must vigorously defend their networks and systems from a variety of internal and external threats. They must also be prepared to detect and thwart damaging follow-on attack activities inside a network that has already been compromised. Two guiding principles are: “Prevention is ideal but detection is a must” and “Offense informs defense.”

The goal of the Critical Controls is to protect critical assets, infrastructure, and information by strengthening your organization’s defensive posture through continuous, automated protection and monitoring of your sensitive information technology infrastructure to reduce compromises, minimize the need for recovery efforts, and lower associated costs.

And now the full list of the 20 controls, with links to the SANS hosted site explaining each:

20 Critical Security Controls – Version 4.1

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