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Barracuda offers Aussie SMEs security training in line with ACSC’s Essential Eight

In alignment with the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Essential Eight, Barracuda is offering a short security course aimed at helping Aussie businesses “protect against cyber threats and cultivate a cyber security culture”.

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Wed, 13 Jul 2022
Barracuda offers Aussie SMEs security training in line with ACSC’s Essential Eight
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The Barracuda Security Awareness Training consists of eight core and two additional supplementary modules outlining the ACSC's Essential Eight threat mitigation strategies.

The ACSC developed the Essential Eight as a prioritised list of mitigation strategies designed to reduce the risk of cyber threats when implemented across an organisation. It is a set of guidelines that provides organisations with a set of comprehensive steps to improve their levels of cyber security, contributing to a robust posture that can withstand IT security threats.

With the ACSC Essential Eight framework now a mandated compliance for Australian federal government agencies and departments to improve their security posture, Barracuda Security Awareness Training aims to protect organisations against social engineering phishing attacks that bypass email defences with the training program.


Through phishing stimulation, Barracuda trains users to understand and respond correctly to the latest phishing techniques and prevent email fraud, data loss, and brand damage. It is designed to educate users with the capability to defend against attacks to help organisations to meet cyber security compliance requirements. The modules also go through the application whitelisting, patching applications, configuring Microsoft Office, application hardening, restricting administrator privileges, patching operating systems, multi-factor authentication, daily backups, and social engineering.

According to Mark Lukie, director of sales engineering APAC at Barracuda, Aussie SMEs should be building a "cyber security culture".

"With phishing as the most reported scam type in Australia, Barracuda Security Awareness Training now enables Australian organisations to build a cyber security culture across businesses and help individuals to implement security best practices in daily lives.

"Offering training content aligned with the Essential Eight showcases Barracuda's commitment to safeguard our Australian customers' business journey with tailored solutions," Lukie said.

Andrew Simko, senior product manager, app delivery product management at Barracuda, added that increased security threats have made organisational cyber resilience critical.

"Enterprises now need to ensure that their IT and cyber security teams maintain their education and training in line with the latest industry compliance, governance and threat mitigation strategies advised by both the government and industry associations.

"While the cyber risks faced by businesses are going to continue to grow, organisations which comply with the Essential Eight training will be more fully prepared and be able to take advantage of some additional business benefits from the investment in education and knowledge being made," Simko concluded.

[Related: Cyber security companies impersonated in call-back malware campaign]

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