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Ransomware Guide for Healthcare Providers
Ransomware Guide for Healthcare Providers

20 Critical Security Controls as Proposed by the Center for Internet Security

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20 Critical Security Controls and your information is secure. Sounds easy, right? Critical Security Controls is a set of best practices devised by the Center for Internet Security, a nonprofit dedicated to improving cybersecurity in the public and private sectors. Can your employees translate them into best practice?

This eBook strives to make the 20 security controls as described in detail by the SANS institute more accessible to everyday business people.

Taking any one of these 20 actions on the list will have a positive impact on your security status, but the smart move is to work towards fulfilling all 20 of these recommendations. These are simple common-sense rules, but you’d be amazed at how often they’re overlooked.

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Critical Control 1

Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices

Building a good security foundation is about asking the right questions and identifying gaps in your knowledge. This first control is absolutely fundamental to security, but many organizations will struggle to answer questions like:

  • How many servers do you have in total?
  • How many devices are connected to your network?
  • How secure are your firewalls, switches and routers?
  • Can you control what joins your network?

Critical Control 9

Limitation and Control of Network Ports, Protocols, and Services

Configuration errors, remote access, and default services in newly installed software can leave a window open for would-be attackers. All of the ports, protocols, and services on all of your networked devices need to be properly managed. That means tracking them, controlling, and correcting them where necessary.

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