Cybersecurity Audits of companies? Here is what you need to know
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Cybersecurity Audits? Well! unfortunately, most companies believe that their computer systems are secure. But one of the only ways to determine whether this is actually true is by performing a thorough audit of computer systems. Here is why your company should make a point of auditing its security on a regular basis, not only this but also check out some of the particular challenges you may encounter.
In less than a decade, Internet security has evolved from an almost obscure topic to become one of the more important facets of modern computing. And yet it’s a rarity to find companies that actually consider information security to be an important job function for all workers—and not just the IT department’s problem.
Unfortunately, it’s the general opinion of most companies, particularly at the management level, that their computer systems are secure. However, one of the only ways to determine whether this is actually true is by performing a thorough audit of computer systems. But most companies don’t make it a habit of performing regular Cybersecurity Audits if they perform them at all.
In my experience, many companies base their Internet and information security strategy entirely on assumptions. And we’re all familiar with that old saying about making assumptions.
But I don’t entirely blame companies for failing to conduct periodic cybersecurity audits. Frankly, the complexity and variability of administering and interpreting a comprehensive computer systems audit are equal to the complexity and variability of the systems used in corporations.
Several dozen popular commercial network and computer security auditing programs are currently available. While I’ve used several myself, I’ve honestly found no favorites. These tools produce mountains of useful information, but understanding what to do with the data is no simple job.
Most computer network and system security audits begin the same way. An automated program gathers information about hosts on the corporate network, identifying the type of network device. If applicable, it also scans the TCP and UDP services that are present and “listening” on the host, and it might even determine the versions of the software supplying an Internet service.
In most cases, the process involves at least two automated scans—one of internal networks, which are generally behind a firewall, and one of the Internet subnet used by the corporation. If a security audit doesn’t include both an interior and exterior scan, then you’re not getting a complete picture of what hosts are on your organization’s network.
In addition, I also recommend that companies perform their own auditing whenever possible. If not, it’s vital that you select an Internet security vendor you don’t currently do business with.
Security audits produce a huge amount of data, and you need to be prepared to review this information in order to truly benefit from the audit. It’s also important to understand that a computer security audit may report potential problems where no real issue exists.
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