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Breaking Down a Security Audit

By Jim Reams|April 27th,2018|IT,Security|No comments

There is a difference between a technical audit and an IT security audit. Performing an IT security audit on a regular basis is important to make sure your IT platforms and all your valuable data are safe from all the constantly evolving security threats that come along. A security audit by a third party will analyze the strength of your current security efforts and identify any security flaws that could set you up for a potential breach.

security guardSmall to mid-sized businesses are especially tempting targets for attackers because smaller businesses often don’t have the a full complement of security specialists on staff like large, multinational corporations do. Cyber criminals getting into the data or even the financials of a small to medium sized business can be particularly devastating. And criminals can really dig in for a while without being detected, while breaches at companies with a full security department will probably be detected quickly.

You probably have a set of security policies and procedures in place for your company, but the speed at which technology evolves can make those policies outdated and irrelevant in short order. A good security auditor will often use those policies as a starting point for their review. This is why you should invest in a complete third-party IT security audit on an annual basis.

To perform an IT security audit, specialists collect data from the systems your company is running and use audit tools to assess your security situation. After a thorough analysis of your IT system, you’ll receive a full report detailing the strengths and weaknesses of your system, with a list of action items you should take for maximum security improvement.

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When Is It Time For A Technical Audit And Review?

By Jim Reams|April 25th,2018|Client Services,Security|No comments

It Has Been A While

Yes, “a while” is vague and it is vague for a reason. If your IT infrastructure has been cruising along with little or no changes while your business continues to operate, you may only need to do a technical audit every couple of years to see if your systems are outdated. But if your IT systems are constantly being updated and changed, you should consider having an IT audit done on a more regular basis.

It Is Time For A Software Vendor Audit

computer screen full of codeThird-party software vendor audits can be a nightmare for IT professionals who aren’t prepared for them. If the vendor finds evidence of overuse, they can charge your company a lot of money that isn’t in the budget. Software vendors can be very aggressive in their auditing practices in order to get as much money out of you as possible. Get ahead of them by doing an audit before they do so you’ll know if you’ve overused their product and can take steps to prepare for their findings.

You Are Starting A New Project

If you are starting a new technology project, it is a good idea to get your IT audit team involved from the beginning. This allows your internal tech staff to view the audit team as business partners instead of interlopers who come in after the fact to point out what they did wrong. But, more importantly, it gives you an objective third party to guide the project by checking on it occasionally to catch those mistakes before they become part of the final product. It is much easier to make changes along the way than it is to make them after the fact.

Your Policies Have Become Too Complex

As your company grows it is only natural for policies and procedures to expand with greater complexity. But they sometimes get to a point where they are too complex and burdensome, and you can end up with contradictory or counterproductive rules. Additionally, exceptions can be getting out of hand. Exceptions are a natural part of defining procedures and policies, but documentation can be sketchy because exceptions are often done by individuals for unique cases. An IT audit can bring all of these policy problems to light so your team can make sense of them.

Hire A Trusted IT Auditing Firm

The most important foundation to the technical auditing process is to make sure you hire and experienced technical audit and review firm to do the work. They can become a trusted partner who can get your IT infrastructure and services on the right path to maximum productivity.

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A Firewall Is Critical To Your Network Security

By Jim Reams|April 12th,2018|Security|No comments

dual computer monitorsProtecting your network from malicious attacks is critical to keeping your business running smoothly and ensuring your sensitive and confidential data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. Products like SonicWall can be configured to prevent ransomware attacks, which is when someone restricts your access to your own data until you pay a ransom. A firewall also keeps you safe from encrypted threats, which are a real concern as more and more traffic on the web is being encrypted. Email security is paramount, as many people aren’t as careful as they should be when it comes to sending infected attachments.

Atiba is Nashville’s leading firewall consulting and management firm. We can help you with design, installation, management and support of your IT firewall system to keep your company safe and your data secure. Email us at info@atiba.com, or give us a call at 615.353.1921 to talk about any of your IT security needs.

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