Is your business confident in its ability to protect its data and IT resources from bad actors? According to Verizon's 2023 Data Breach Investigations Report, only about 14% of SMBs are confident in their existing cybersecurity program while 51% of small businesses don't have a plan at all. Unfortunately, small-medium sized businesses are the ones facing sophisticated cyber threats with considerably less resources. This makes SMBs lucrative and easy targets for cyber criminals on the prowl for a victim. So how can your organization avoid falling victim to a data breach or ransomware event while also having confidence in the protocols and controls put in place? A comprehensive security and risk assessment is crucial for every organization in the modern threat landscape.
What Are Security and Risk Assessments?
Security assessments are a way for organizations to get a comprehensive look at where their strengths and weaknesses lie in terms of their security posture. This includes penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, social engineering practices, etc. The overall goal is to establish a baseline of where your organization currently lies and what must be done to improve or build upon the existing controls. For many businesses, a security assessment may be a wake up call to vulnerabilities and gaps they had never thought of before. For others, a risk assessment may provide validation that many of the controls they have implemented are effective and doing their job.
One thing that many businesses fail to recognize is that security assessments aren't a one time deal. The cyber threat landscape is constantly evolving which means that controls previously though secure may not be in the future. This is why security assessments should be done consistently to ensure your business is the most secure it can be.
Benefits of a Security Assessment
There are multiple benefits to regular and consistent security assessments:
Increased Visibility: Knowing how your network is being used and who is utilizing your resources is important. A security assessment can give you greater visibility over how your business is operating.
Identifying Weaknesses: The main goal of a security assessment is to learn where your gaps lie. Identifying weaknesses before the bad guys do is crucial.
Financial Savings: A data breach is costly. Before your business ends up paying thousands of dollars in ransom fees, a security assessment can root out an exploitable vulnerabilities that may impact you.
Security Assessments By CorpInfoTech
CorpInfoTech offers security assessments to SMBs who want to understand where their weaknesses lie and how to fix them. Not only do we assess for your vulnerabilities, but we provide a plan for remediation in order to fix the issues we find. We use objective frameworks to map vulnerabilities to tried and tested models including the CIS controls, NIST CSF, and more. You can learn more about our security assessment offering by reading our whitepaper!
CorpInfoTech (Corporate Information Technologies) provides small to mid-market organizations with expert I.T. services including compliance assessment, cybersecurity penetration tests, and comprehensive business continuity planning services. CorpInfoTech can help organizations, quantify, create, refine, and mitigate the risks presented by business threatening disasters in whatever form they may be disguised.