The CIS Critical Security Controls (CIS Controls) are a prioritized set of Safeguards to mitigate the most prevalent cyber-attacks against systems and networks. They are mapped to and referenced by multiple legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks. CIS Controls v8 has been enhanced to keep up with modern systems and software. The movement to cloud-based computing, virtualization, mobility, outsourcing, Work-from-Home, and changing attacker tactics prompted the update and supports an enterprise's security as they move to both fully cloud and hybrid environments.

Critical Security Controls Version 8 ( has published amazing resources for CIS Controls v8

Learn about CIS Controls v8

Start by downloading the CIS Controls

The CIS Controls are a prioritized set of actions developed by a global IT community. This set of best practices is trusted by security leaders in both the private and public sector.
Download CIS Controls v8 (read FAQs)

Interested in seeing how others implement the CIS Controls?

Industry professionals and organizations all around the world utilize the CIS Controls to enhance their organization's cybersecurity posture. Check out recent case studies to learn more.
Read CIS Controls Case Studies

Tools and Resources

Assess your implementation of the CIS Controls

The CIS Controls Self-Assessment Tool, or CIS CSAT, is a free web application that enables security leaders to track and prioritize their implementation of the CIS Controls.

What's changed?

Cybersecurity is an evolving industry with an endless list of threat actors. The tools we use to stay safe and secure must be updated to match the current threat landscape. Find out how CIS Controls v8 was updated from v7.1.
Download CIS Controls v8 Change Log

CIS Controls v8 Implementation Groups

Implementation Groups (IGs) provide a simple and accessible way to help organizations of different classes focus their scarce security resources, and still leverage the value of the CIS Controls program, community, and complementary tools and working aids.
Download the Implementation Groups Handout

Assess your risk with CIS RAM

CIS Risk Assessment Method is a free information security risk assessment method that helps organizations implement and assess their security posture against the CIS Controls cybersecurity best practices. CIS RAM provides instructions, examples, templates, and exercises for conducting a cyber risk assessment.
Download CIS RAM

Download the CIS RAM v2.0 brochure

CIS Controls v8 Exploited Protocols Server Message Block (SMB)

The purpose of this guide is to focus on direct mitigations for SMB, as well as which best practices an enterprise can put in place to reduce the risk of an SMB-related attack.
Download the SMB Guide

CIS Controls v8 Multimedia Resources

Listen to the CIS Cybersecurity Where You Are Podcast or watch one of our webinars on-demand related to the CIS Controls v8 release.

Companion Guides

Mobile Guide

In this document, we provide guidance on how to apply the security best practices found in CIS Controls v8 to mobile environments. Organizations will be able to break down and map the applicable CIS Controls and their implementation in mobile environments.
Download Mobile Companion Guide

Internet of Things (IoT)

In this document, we provide guidance on how to apply the security best practices found in CIS Controls v8 to IoT environments.
Download Internet of Things Companion Guide

Community Defense Model v2.0

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) Community Defense Model (CDM) v2.0 can be used to design, prioritize, implement, and improve an enterprise’s cybersecurity program. Enterprises naturally want to know how effective the CIS Critical Security Controls (CIS Controls) are against the most prevalent types of attacks. The CDM was created to help answer that and other questions about the value of the Controls based on currently available threat data from industry reports.
Download the Community Defense Model v2.0 Guide

CIS Controls Commonly Exploited Protocols Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

This guide will focus on a commonly exploited protocol, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Remote Protocol, and the Safeguards an enterprise can implement, in part or whole, to reduce their attack surface or detect anomalies associated with the exploitation of WMI. The goal is to deliver a set of best practices from the CIS Controls, CIS Benchmarks™, or additional guidance, that all enterprises can use to protect against WMI facilitated attacks.
Download the WMI Guide

CIS Controls v8 Mappings

Download individual mappings below or visit our CIS Controls Navigator for all mappings to CIS Controls v8.

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