With the rise of security attacks, it’s critical to ensure your environment is protected. A security assessment can help detect any vulnerabilities that exist in your environment. An assessment should be conducted by a trusted IT partner who follows a framework-based approach to security controls. Here are five reasons your organization should get a security assessment.
- Identify areas of weakness in your environment. Security assessments highlight what areas of your environment are most vulnerable. Vulnerabilities are discovered by a series of internal and external tests designed to exploit the weakness in your environment.
- Minimizes your risk of breaches and attacks. Once you know what vulnerabilities exist, it’s much easier for you to address how to mitigate the risks. In doing so, you’re hardening your environment which helps minimize your risk of a data breach or ransomware or malware attack.
- Prioritizes improvements needed in your environment. Your IT partner can help you address which areas of your environment need to be improved first. They should also work with you on building an IT roadmap to plan and budget accordingly for future improvements.
- Helps address regulatory compliance requirements. Many organizations have to meet compliance requirements as regulated by state and local government. A security assessment will help you do just that. As an example, healthcare organizations are required to conduct annual scans to ensure their devices are secure and patient data is protected. Security assessments fulfill the compliance regulation and while helping the organization protect such sensitive data.
- Allows you to plan for business continuity. Do you have a plan to continue business operations if a hurricane or snowstorm were to hit? What about a fire? A security assessment will provide guidance on how to build your disaster recovery and business continuity plans so that your business can experience little to no downtime in the event of a natural disaster. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many organizations were not prepared to move their workforce remote in a secure manner. Having a strong business continuity plan in place can prepare you for situations like this.
Security assessments and periodic training should be a vital part of your organization’s security strategy. For more information or to schedule your assessment, contact us today.