What Is the CIS Checklist?

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a nonprofit devoted to helping people, businesses and governments protect themselves from cyber threats. It is globally recognized for developing the best practices for securing IT systems and data. The CIS distills advice into a recommended set of actions. These are called the CIS Critical Security Controls. Internos Group created a CIS Checklist as a simple and easy way to see where your company stands in implementing the CIS critical controls.

The CIS Critical Security Controls define the 18 must-have controls to help companies defend against cyber attacks. It focuses attention and resources on additional risk issues that are unique to each business or mission. The controls were determined with input from experts from every sector of business.

The CIS Controls are not not a replacement for any existing regulatory, compliance or authorization scheme. They map to most major compliance frameworks and have been defined for these other frameworks to give a starting point for action.

There could be a lot more than 18 controls, but the consensus was that these 18 actions can thwart the majority of known attacks today. They provide the framework for automation and systems management that should serve cyber defense in the future.

The CIS Controls are updated and reviewed through an informal community process. Government, industry and academic participants each bring deep technical understanding from across multiple viewpoints (e.g., vulnerability, threat, defensive technology, tool vendors, enterprise management) and pool their knowledge to identify the most effective technical security controls needed to stop the attacks they are observing.

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Are you a first-timer to IT support? Maybe you aren’t happy with your current MSP? Our easy-to-follow checklist can guide you through the process of the best IT services provider for your business. It will help you help you outline and define:

  • Your business goals for the next few years
  • The stats that potential MSPs will need to work out a plan for your company
  • The risk areas in your backup and cyber security practices
  • What you expect from your IT support provider
  • And more!
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