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Cybersecurity Risk Assessment
What’s a Risk Assessment?
Businesses face cybersecurity risk every day. It’s a part of getting business done, especially in our digital world. Managing risk is critical, and that process starts with a risk assessment.
A cybersecurity risk assessment identifies technical vulnerabilities within a company. The purpose of the assessment is to show what assets are susceptible to cyber threats.
Why undertake periodic assessments?
To put it in everyday terms, a cybersecurity risk assessment is like a blood screening. The goal of a blood screening is to catch any ailments before they become a larger problem. The doctor performs the screening periodically because a test from 10 years ago isn’t going to do you much good.
The same is true for a cybersecurity risk assessment.
Your IT infrastructure changes over time, opening it up to new vulnerabilities. And new methods of attack unravel daily, so what was secure yesterday may not be secure today.
You may also be legally required to!
An increasing number of organizations are bound by governmental regulations and/or industry compliance. These regulations dictate what security measures you should have in place. HIPAA, PCI, and FISMA all require organizations to perform periodic cybersecurity assessments.
What if my organization is not bound by legal terms?
If you’re not bound to governmental regulations, you still might want to use them as resources. Compliance regulations are helpful guides for your own IT security practices.
It is a well-known fact that hackers’ no. 1 target is small businesses. In fact, 81% of all breaches happen to small and medium-sized businesses.
If you know where your organization’s vulnerabilities are, then you can PREVENT devastation.
Cybersecurity risk assessments can help you to:
Discover if you have been compromised
You might not know unless you look, and you will sleep better at night if you know.
Determine new security requirements
With an understanding of an organization’s weaknesses, you can plan your next move. A risk assessment can determine what the next steps to take are to eradicate these weaknesses. Then, you’ll be able to focus on strengthening your system’s security.
Make smart purchases
The information a risk assessment provides can help an organization budget for security appropriately. Once aware of its weaknesses, an organization can allocate resources for the solutions. For instance, these details can prevent overspending on a problem that does not need an expensive solution.
An organization must understand its current security risks to safely plan for the future. Thus, the strengths and weaknesses identified by an assessment can develop new plans and policies.
Document due diligence
Finally, a risk assessment can also confirm an organization’s efforts to enforce proper security. They may act as evidence to government regulators, insurance companies, and business partners. A risk assessment shows you did your due diligence when it comes to security.
How do risk assessments work?
First, we meet with you at your office to discuss your business’s existing security posture. Before we make any recommendations, we will research your current infrastructure.
Then, a certified cybersecurity specialist will review your network. They will give a complete device analysis. During the review, technicians will uncover any security issues. We’ll check your worksite, workstations, mobile devices, cloud, backup, and network.
Afterwards, we provide all the technical documentation from the assessment. We’ll also check to see if employees are following security policies and procedures.
Finally, to address any weakness in your security posture, we’ll help you develop a strategic plan. Our planning approach is very proactive.
Will a risk assessment disrupt my employees?
No. Our risk assessments are noninvasive. In fact, most of your employees won’t even know we are conducting one.
How often should my organization perform risk assessments?
In most cases, we recommend small businesses conduct a risk assessment every quarter.
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