How best to conduct a cyber security audit
Updated: Sep 20, 2020
There are numerous ways to collect the required data you need, such as user action monitoring, access management and employee tracking software, which allows you to access all of the data in one centralised place. But, what are the steps you first need to consider when performing a thorough audit?
When you’ve decided to perform an audit, you need to determine whether you’re happy to use your own resources or contact an external professional. External auditors such as ourselves, should be experts and professionals in the field. They can use a wide-ranging selection of cybersecurity software, such as vulnerability scanners, and they’re able to bring a tremendous amount of knowledge to the table in order to find gaps and security flaws in your systems.
The biggest drawback, however, is the fact that they often don’t come cheap, and even with the budget finding a professional with the necessary qualifications and expertise can often be complicated. However, this approach addresses the issues with internal auditing, where smaller businesses will often lack the experience of a professional and competence to do the job, or avoiding internal conflicts of interest.
Our stepped approach suggests you need to:
1. Define your security priorities including setting the audit scope and what assets need to involved.
2. Asses the threats such as from employee devices, malware, phishing or physical theft.
3. Evaluate current security processes and assess how effective they are against those threats.
4. Prioritise through risk assessments.
5. Finalise your security protocols in how to mitigate against those risks.
6. Audit to see if those security protocols have been effective, suitable and adequate.
For further cyber security auditing help, CentriVault is here to help you.