Top 10 IT security actions

The Government of Canada has a critical role to play in protecting the information of Canadians. Without proper IT security measures, your organization is vulnerable and at risk of compromise. Stolen information, damaged reputations, and lost resources are scenarios that no organization wants to face.

The Cyber Centre's advice and guidance will help you build a strong IT infrastructure and protect your networks. Our Top 10 IT Security Actions were selected and prioritized based on our analysis of cyber threat trends affecting Internet-connected networks. When implemented as a set, the Top 10 help minimize intrusions or the impacts to a network if a successful cyber intrusion occurs.

Figure 1: Top 10 IT security actions

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Long description - Figure 1: Top 10 IT security actions
  1. Consolidate, monitor, and defend Internet gateways
  2. Patch operating systems and applications
  3. Enforce the management of administrative privileges
  4. Harden operating systems and applications
  5. Segment and separate information
  6. Provide tailored training
  7. Protect information at the enterprise level
  8. Apply protection at the host level
  9. Isolate web-facing applications
  10. Implement application allow lists
 

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Patch Operating Systems and Applications

Patch operating systems and applications

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Enforce the Management of Administrative Privileges

Enforce the management of administrative privileges

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Segment and Separate Information

Segment and separate information

Do you know where and how your information is stored on your networks? Learn more about why this is important.

 
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