Regardless of how big your business is or what products and services you provide, if you operate at all through an online network — and chances are pretty good that you do — then having a complete cyber security assessment is one of the most important things you can do to protect your company.
If you’re not sure where to start in terms of creating a good cyber security assessment, here are a few important aspects that any comprehensive analysis should address:
Employee Training and Awareness
This is an aspect that many businesses fail to address because it focuses more on the non-technical aspects of online security; specifically, this is where you should analyze how well your employees have been trained in terms of detecting and responding to common security threats.
Policies and Procedures
This addresses two important aspects of maintaining a good security plan: preventing data breaches from happening at all by implementing strong protective policies, and also reacting to a security problem quickly and quickly and efficiently.
You may have already covered the second part of this if your business has created a disaster recovery plan, but it never hurts to go over the details again! Quite simply, you can never be too prepared when it comes to security risks.
Last (but certainly not least), it’s essential to assess your network’s possible vulnerabilities. The most common IT audits often fail to uncover security threats because these audits don’t look into every nook and cranny of the network — and this is exactly how cyberhackers tend to infiltrate computer systems.
You’ll want to perform tests to see if your current security strategies work — don’t be afraid or ashamed if your system doesn’t pass the first test! If anything, this is a good sign because it means that you caught a vulnerability before someone else did.
And of course, it’s important to remember that the best cyber security assessments aren’t one-time projects. A security assessment is something your business should be doing on a regular basis, and especially after updating any software or using any new programs.
For more information on how to design and implement the best cyber security assessment for your business — or to hand off the work to one of the expert security analysts at MVP Security Consulting — give us a call or send a quick message our way!
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