Hackers, cyberattacks, phishing schemes, and malware. They’re out there, and they are getting “smarter” and are coming after businesses more often and at a quicker pace than ever before. And, unfortunately, that is not likely to change. What can change, however, is how businesses respond to, and prepare for, these types of occurrences. Enter the cybersecurity assessment.
A Cybersecurity assessment is a deep review and analysis of an organization’s cybersecurity processes and plans. It’s kind of like one of those 27-point assessments that are done on cars, where they check every nook and cranny of your engine, vehicle fluids, air filter, battery, etc, except for cybersecurity. In other words, these assessments really dig into your organization to determine what is working, and where a hacker could find and exploit a tiny opportunity to launch a cyberattack on your business. Interested in learning about a few more benefits? Well then, read on!
A cybersecurity assessment by an outsourced IT consulting company means an unbiased analysis and overview of results. This unbiased approach enables businesses to make confident decisions about the next steps, without worrying about whether things were skewed.
The job of a cybersecurity assessment is to identify the strengths of an organizations’ cybersecurity, and also its weaknesses. And, those weaknesses are prioritized, which means an organization will have a solid understanding of the issues that need to be addressed first, and which issues can be put on hold for a bit. This helps businesses not only know where they truly need to spend their time and budget but can oftentimes provide a level of calm because quick action can be taken against the weaknesses.
Now that the organization understands what its weaknesses are, and which are the most important to address, an appropriate budget can be determined. In addition to the dollar figure, the assessment provides details on what could happen if the weakness is not addressed. In other words, you’ll be equipped with a budget and the rationale behind the budget.
As noted, the weaknesses will be the first priority after the cybersecurity assessment. Once those weaknesses are under control, you are then able to focus on your long-term cybersecurity planning. Having a cybersecurity plan in place that is proactive, and not reactive, demonstrates to stakeholders, clients, and employees that the organization understands the importance of security. And, helps prevent potential cyberattacks (prevention is the key here!).
We all know that our employees are on the front line when it comes to preventing cybersecurity breaches. Going through a cybersecurity assessment, planning how to handle weaknesses and developing a long-term cybersecurity plan demonstrates to employees that this cybersecurity thing is no joke. This can help increase employee’s interest and attention to potential scams that may come their way.
We’ve said it before, talk about cybersecurity with management and employees. What better way to start that conversation than to provide an overview of why the assessment took place, and the next steps? In addition to providing insight, you can open up the conversation to questions, and let your team know that you will continue to update them on the progress of the long-term plan.
Your first cybersecurity assessment becomes your baseline or your cybersecurity benchmark. Every time an additional assessment is completed, you’ll be able to refer back to the original assessment to determine progress. Showing progress helps reinforce the need for budget and can help increase employee engagement.
Often, we tend to get lost in the day-to-day, or the small details. An assessment helps organizations take a step back and focus on the bigger cybersecurity picture. Sure, the weaknesses need to be taken care of in short order, but after that step, you have a plan that allows the organization to focus on the overall need for cybersecurity, and how to support that need in the form of technology, people and processes. It keeps everyone aligned on one main, overarching goal of implementing cybersecurity and preventing cyberattacks.
And, we have one more benefit to offer you. We recently hosted a cybersecurity learning and networking event and the event filled up fast! During the event, we offered attendees a free cybersecurity assessment. We offered it for free because we know the importance of cybersecurity, and we want to help businesses protect themselves (and we may have a slight vendetta against hackers). We want to extend the same free assessment offer to you. But the offer is only available until October 15th (we have to cut it off at some point). Contact us through our website or give us a call at (415) 543 1033 and ask for Kraig.