Do I need cyber security assessment services?

Cyber security assessment services are performed to find and fix cyber security risks. There are many types of assessments. Which  you need for your business depends on your type of business, your industry, the size of your company and your risk tolerance. But every business should complete cyber risk assessments or some type.

The most common services include:

  • Vulnerability assessment. Like the name suggests, this test finds potential weak spots inside and outside your network.
  • Penetration test, aka, a simulated cyber attack. Authorized cybersecurity experts (“white hat hackers”) try to breach your system. These tests are much more involved and expensive so they are rarely needed by small businesses.
  • Network audit, which looks at what is on your network, often finding unauthorized software or hardware as well as performance or licensing issues.
  • Access reviews. These are typically performed for each application to determine who has access to what. Who has admin privileges? Are former employees still in the system? Is someone accessing business data with a personal email login? Periodic access reviews are critical to preventing future attacks.
  • Compliance audit, which looks at how well your company is obeying the regulations and laws that relate to your industry. For instance, PCI compliance is required by any business that accepts credit card payments, while a defense contractor will have to adhere to Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CCMC) compliance. Compliance audits review your business as well as any external vendors.

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What Are the Benefits of IT Service Management?

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Use our Checklist to Find IT Support

Are you a first-timer to IT support? Maybe you aren’t happy with your current MSP? Our easy-to-follow checklist can guide you through the process of the best IT services provider for your business. It will help you help you outline and define:

  • Your business goals for the next few years
  • The stats that potential MSPs will need to work out a plan for your company
  • The risk areas in your backup and cyber security practices
  • What you expect from your IT support provider
  • And more!
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