Having a cyber security plan for your business is essential in order to survive the increasing threat of looming digital attacks. Organizations need to be concerned about keeping their clients’ personal data safe, shield themselves from ransomware and ensure that their own employees are not breaching critical information. In order to manage these demanding needs, a well-executed and pre-emptive security plan needs to be implemented.
The first key step is performing an organizational cyber security audit. But who can do a cyber security audit? Typically, it is recommended that a leading, knowledgeable Managed Service Provider investigates your cyber security policies and reviews the assets on your business network to uncover any deficiencies or gaps that can put your organization or customers at risk. When you arrange to have a cyber security audit performed, the following areas are reviewed.
This is usually the first step completed in an audit. It will identify all the assets on your network and the operating systems that are being used. This step is necessary to ensure that all possible threats have been identified.
Your Managed Service Provider will deep dive into your organizational security procedures and policies to determine whether they meet the necessary standards to protect your information and technology assets. Part of the policy review portion is analyzing who in the business has access to what information and removing access if it is not necessary for that job function.
The architecture portion of the review analyzes the technology and controls in place. The audit team will review your network security and evaluate how it is performing based on cyber security best practices and any industry regulations your business is subject to.
The next step is to conduct a number of assessments to learn about your systems processes, functions and applications. This exposes threats and analyses your environment to identify what your risks are as well as what the potential impact could be. Based on the risk assessment, fixes can be prioritized according to the most imminent threat that is the easiest to fix down the line to the smallest threat.
As firewalls are security technology, a significant portion of your audit will be the firewall configuration review. This deep dives into your network’s firewall topology, processes, procedures, configuration, and rule-based analysis. This step should also evaluate remote access policies and ensure that the latest security patches have been implemented.
Penetration testing is basically a stress test on your network’s security architecture to attempt to break in. By trying to find any potential gaps for undiscovered vulnerable points, they can be fixed before a hacker finds them.
Once your cyber security audit has been completed, you will be provided with a detailed report highlighting all findings. This will help you visualize the risks your organization is exposed to and help you prioritize what the most important items are to fix right away.
At MBC, when we perform an audit, we break your security goals into digestible and achievable milestones. We then design a cyber security strategy unique to your specific business needs to make sure that your business has the protection it needs. To get started, get a free analysis today.