A Brief Guide to a Security Assessment

Keeping your employees safe online is harder than ever before. Cybercrime is now so prevalent that hackerslaunch an attack every 39 seconds at an average of 2,244 times per day. As cyber threats have become increasingly common, the security assessment has emerged as an essential tool for enterprises to defend themselves against attackers. 

Joe Juchniewicz, Principal Security Consultant at Computex, explains that the security assessment is a “footprint of your environment.” “The security assessment is the baseline to figure out what’s in the environment,” and then to scan those components. The assessment isn’t just about scanning for hardware or software threats like malware or viruses, but also for looking at procedural risks. 

Why do I need a Security Assessment? 

A security assessment is a tool that enterprises can use to not only detect cyberattacks or data breaches but to ensure they fulfill regulatory obligations. Many regulations, like HIPPA or FIPS, require security assessments to verify that an environment is secure. 

An enterprise can identify where the greatest risk factors are and deploy measures to address those vulnerabilities by taking inventory of the infrastructure used in the environment and investigating current security controls and policies. 

Without running a security assessment, it is impossible to know how effective your defenses are at protecting against data breaches. Getting a third party to assess your current security measures is key for limiting exposure to threats. 

Given that 69% of executives are not confident that their current risk management policies and practices will be enough to meet future needs, running assessments is paramount for ensuring that your environment is protected. 

The Employee Factor

One of the most significant variables in any enterprise’s cybersecurity strategy is employees. Security solutions like IDSs and firewalls aren’t enough to protect your environment, as they don’t address the employee factor. Employees have the potential to infect the entire environment by clicking on a single malicious link. 

A security assessment provides additional oversight that can detect a breach.“One of the ways that the assessment works is that, if we can protect employee’s systems and see if something’s downloaded by having a baseline when they’re clean…we’re able to go in and clean that virus or that problem off those systems,” Juchniewicz explained. 

The Security Assessment: A Cybersecurity Essential 

If you want comprehensive protection against the latest threats, then it’s critical that you make the security assessment a part of your cybersecurity strategy. No two companies use the same infrastructure or face the same risks, which means that every enterprise needs a custom approach to protecting their mission-critical systems. 

While tools like antiviruses/anti-malware solutions or network monitoring tools are useful for detecting threats, they aren’t enough to protect against the high volume of threats modern enterprises face every day. Being proactive with assessments is vital for staying on top of new threats in your environment as they emerge.