Configuring Macro Settings
Configuring macro settings is a crucial component of the Essential 8 to enhance an organisation’s cybersecurity posture. Macro settings are used to control the behaviour of macros in Microsoft Office documents, which can pose a significant security risk if not properly configured.
Although macros are scripts that can automate repetitive tasks in Microsoft Office documents, they can also be used to deliver malware and other malicious code to a victim’s computer. Therefore, it’s essential to configure macro settings to ensure that only macros from trusted sources are allowed to run.
The Essential 8 recommends configuring settings to ensure that macros can only run if they are digitally signed by a trusted publisher, or if they originate from a trusted location such as a company network share. By doing so, organisations can significantly reduce the risk of malicious macros being executed on their systems.
The impact of properly configuring macro settings as part of the Essential 8 can be significant for businesses. It can prevent malware infections, data breaches, and other cyber threats that can cause downtime, financial losses, and damage to a company’s reputation. Moreover, it can help organisations comply with industry standards and regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Configuring macro settings is an essential measure for enhancing an organisation’s cybersecurity posture. By doing so, businesses can significantly reduce the risk of cyber threats and protect their sensitive data.