SANS Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense

Strengthen your IT operations through automation and integration

This SANS spotlight paper outlines how automated security intelligence can help you meet the CIS Critical Security Controls and defend your entire IT environment against cyber attacks.


  • The latest version of CIS Critical Security Controls
  • How automated security intelligence can help you address key CIS controls
  • SANS’ recommendations to reduce risk and contain damage associated with cyber attacks

Today’s organizations are facing a growing and evolving threat landscape. Breaches are becoming commonplace and successful cyber attacks are on the rise. Seventy-six percent of organizations around the globe were compromised by a successful cyber attack in 2015—up from 62 percent in 2014.1

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) has developed the top 20 Critical Security Controls (CSC) to help IT professionals protect their environment against both external and internal attacks. Now in Version 6, the controls provide organizations with best practices to achieve immediate and effective defenses against cyber attacks.