The Basics of IT Security Audits

The importance of cybersecurity is unquestionable, and many organizations are taking steps to increase their security and better protect their businesses. An IT security audit can help your organization understand the risks and gaps in your network. Here are a few things to consider when preparing for a security audit: 

What are the goals? 
While you may think of IT security as an everyday need, each organization will have different security goals and needs. It is essential to know where your focus areas should be before you begin an audit. You should understand if you have specific disaster recovery concerns, compliance standards to meet, physical hardware to assess, or any other specific items to prioritize.  

Who will perform the audit? 
Depending on the goals of your audit, they can be performed by your internal IT team or by an external organization. If you need to confirm compliance with industry standards or other regulations, you’ll need to outsource the work. However, if you are performing this audit to ensure your own standards are being followed, your internal team can complete the work. 

Who is responsible for the outcome? 
Any IT assessment or audit will result in actionable recommendations. Before you begin, you should determine who will be responsible for following up on these recommendations and what your timeline for remediation or updates should be.  

Security audits are an important part of your overall IT strategy. Even for organizations with robust IT Security measures in place, it is essential to check for any gaps or weaknesses. If you are interested in assessing your IT security, please contact us.  

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