Cybersecurity Audits: Critical Tool to Mitigate Risks

How long has it been since you conducted an in-depth cybersecurity audit? If it has been longer than you remember, then you are at risk of being a cyberattack victim. It is here that cybersecurity audit plays a critical role. Audits help you identify if there are potential cybersecurity challenges and risks to your business and technological operations. In this article at TechRepublic, Michael Kassner explains why cybersecurity audits are essential for risk management.

What is a Cybersecurity Audit?

A security audit is a comprehensive analysis and review of your business’s IT infrastructure. It helps you detect threats and vulnerabilities and displays weak links while enabling you to enhance your security management.

How to Start With Security Audits?

Identify Asset Vulnerabilities

Identify all risks that could affect your business. Understand the technologies, business processes, and compliance risk involved. This knowledge will help you understand the entire range of risks your organization faces. Ensure to document and track all of these vulnerabilities.

Record Internal and External Threats

There are hundreds of potential cyber threats that might affect your cybersecurity at any given moment. Identify the threats that are most likely to affect your organization–both internal and external. Once you have identified them, record and track them.

Obtain Information from External Sources

External sources can give you additional insight and information that you might not be aware of. You can improve your ability to combat threats by understanding the vulnerabilities that other organizations in your industry face.

Conduct Physical Audit

“Not all attacks start out using cyber tactics – ensuring that the physical plant is secure, and people are trained to maintain physical security are as important as cybersecurity,” explains Kassner.

Assess the Impact

Determine the potential impact it could have on your business. By tracking its effect, you can accordingly focus on your resources.

Prioritize Response

Determine different ways to respond to risks and then prioritize the best methods to combat security threats specific to your organization.

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About the author

Nivedita Gopalakrishna is currently working as a Content Specialist with CAI. She has more than eight years of experience in blogging, copywriting, and ghost-writing. Nivedita started her career as a reporter/sub-editor in one of the reputed newspaper organizations in India. She went on to pursue her career as a content analyst in an Indian-based company, Brickwork India Pvt Ltd. Nivedita has assisted several overseas clients with SEO-friendly content for B2C copies, blogs, product descriptions, newsletters, sales letters, e-books, and research papers. When she is not at her computer, you can find her either reading vintage novels or singing Indian classical music.

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