The Victorian Government Cyber Maturity Benchmark is an annual self-assessment of baseline cyber security controls across the Victorian Government.
The State Government of Victoria established its first baseline of cyber risk maturity in September 2021. The baseline is made up of data from 100 Victorian public sector organisations and will be used to inform improvements that bolster the defences of Victorian Government networks against current and emerging cyber threats. The Benchmark delivers on the Victorian Cyber Strategy 2021 Mission 1: The safe and reliable delivery of government services.
The Benchmark assessment
The assessment uses the current Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Essential Eight Maturity Model.
“Implementing the Essential Eight proactively can be more cost-effective in terms of time, money and effort than having to respond to a large-scale cyber security incident”. (ACSC 2021)
You can read more about the current Essential Eight model in the ACSC FAQs.
The Benchmark self-assessment can help you:
- review and understand the maturity of your organisation’s baseline cyber controls
- produce reports that can be used to make decisions about investment in cyber security improvements
- support Victorian Protective Data Security Standard (VPDSS) attestation for Standard 11: ICT Security by providing information about technical controls
- compare your organisation’s cyber maturity against a whole-of-government benchmark or selected sectors.
The benchmark also helps the Victorian Government Cyber Safety Unit and VMIA to understand cyber maturity across the Victorian public sector, and to make informed, data-driven decisions about how to improve the State’s cyber security and recovery.
Accessing the Benchmark self-assessment
You’ll be transferred to our self-assessment hub which hosts:
- Victorian Government Cyber Maturity Benchmark
- Risk Maturity Benchmark
This video explains how to complete the self-assessment and answers the most common questions.
We recommend following the video as you’re completing the self-assessment for an in-depth walkthrough or clicking the chapters below to skip to the relevant sections.
00:42 Accessing the Benchmark assessment
01:20 Completing an assessment
03:24 Viewing results and benchmarking
04:11 Generating reports
04:45 Understanding different user roles
05:19 Performing admin requests
- Cyber Maturity Benchmark User Instructions [PDF, 2.35MB]
- Australian Cyber Security Centre information
- Cyber security in the Victorian Government
- Victoria’s Cyber Strategy 2021
- Essential Eight 2020 Excel version [XLSX, 36KB]
- Essential Eight 2021 Excel version [XLSX, 37KB]
How will the Benchmark data be used?
The Cyber Maturity Benchmark data will help you review and plan improvements to your cyber security controls. The Victorian Government Chief Information Security Officer recommends organisations implement the Essential Eight mitigation strategies as a baseline to prevent cyber incidents, mitigate the damage they cause, and recover from more efficiently and effectively.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet’s, Cyber Safety Unit will use the Benchmark data to:
- understand and report on cyber security maturity across the Victorian public sector
- make informed decisions about where to invest in improving cyber security across the Victorian Government
- develop targeted capability and peer sharing programs to assist agencies to improve cyber security in priority areas.
VMIA will use the data from the Benchmark to:
- help clients to make informed decisions about cyber risk management
- report (de-identified) benchmarking results to participating entities
- develop programs, products and services to meet the needs of clients
- develop insights to inform risk-based policy and continuous improvement in the Victorian Government
- monitor the effectiveness of the Victorian Government Cyber Maturity Benchmark service and other VMIA products and services
- obtain cyber insurance for its clients in the reinsurance market at a competitive price
- fulfil VMIA’s obligations under section 23 of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority Act 1996.
Data generated through the Benchmark self-assessment will be securely stored. VMIA is bound by Victorian legislation and information management frameworks.
- VMIA and the Victorian Government Cyber Safety Unit will not share your identifiable data with third parties without your permission.
- VMIA will not use the Benchmark data to calculate individual insurance premiums.
- Find out more on the Cyber Maturity Benchmark Information Security Fact Sheet [PDF, 286KB]
Shape the Cyber Maturity Benchmark for 2022
Thanks for taking part in Victoria’s first annual cyber maturity assessment. This is a major step in ensuring that Victoria can continue to defend itself against current and emerging threats. We appreciate your support in this achievement and welcome you to provide your feedback on how we went.
If you missed out this year and would like to get your organisation involved in 2022, contact us to register your interest.
Want to know more?
If you require further assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 9270 6900.
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