Clearly by reading the news any given day of the week one can see the increasing occurrences of cyber attacks against technology systems. There are many days when it feels as if the attackers are winning and that there is not much an organization can do to stop the attacks. But hackers are not magic, and there are practical steps an organization can take to defend themselves. In 2008 the CIS Critical Security Controls were created as a collaboration between the SANS Institute, the Center for Internet Security, and hundreds of international contributors. The usefulness of this standard is not limited to one geographic area, but rather is more and more becoming the standard for practical cyber defenses internationally. In this webcast James Tarala, a technical editor for the CIS Critical Security Controls, and Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute will explain why it has become the default standard of defense for numerous organizations around the world.