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Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM)

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) within the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) produces the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM).

Purpose

The ISM helps organisations use their risk management framework to protect information and systems from cyber threats. The cyber security guidelines within the ISM are based on the experience of the ACSC and ASD.

Intended audience

These guidelines are intended for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), cyber security professionals and information technology managers. As such, these guidelines discuss both governance and technical concepts in order to support the protection of organisations’ information and systems.

Download the complete Australian Government Information Security Manual

Complete Australian Government Information Security Manual downloads
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Complete Australian Government Information Security Manual Download DOCX Download PDF December 2018

Download information about the ISM

Information about the ISM downloads
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Cyber security guidelines Download DOCX Download PDF December 2018
Supporting information Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018

Download individual ISM chapters

Individual ISM chapter downloads
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Guidelines for cyber security roles Download DOCX Download PDF December 2018
Guidelines for authorising systems Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for cyber security incidents Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for outsourcing Download DOCX Download PDF December 2018
Guidelines for security documentation Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for physical security Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for personnel security Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for communications infrastructure Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for communications systems Download DOCX Download PDF December 2018
Guidelines for enterprise mobility Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for evaluated products Download DOCX Download PDF December 2018
Guidelines for ICT equipment management Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for media management Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for system hardening Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for system management Download DOCX Download PDF December 2018
Guidelines for system monitoring Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for software development Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for database systems management Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for email management Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for network management Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for using cryptography Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for connecting networks and security domains Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018
Guidelines for data transfers and content filtering Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018

Download ISM supporting material

ISM supporting material downloads
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Security assessment aid Download XLSX Download XML November 2018

Download ISM changes document

ISM changes document downloads
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December 2018 changes document Download DOCX Download PDF December 2018
November 2018 changes document Download DOCX Download PDF November 2018

Reports help the ACSC to develop a better understanding of the threat environment and will assist other organisations who are also at risk.

Cyber security incident reports are also used in aggregate for developing new defensive policies, procedures, techniques and training measures to help prevent future incidents.

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