Assessing your security programs and Information Security posture is a task that should be completed by experts on a regular basis. With hackers looming around every corner and data theft proving to be a lucrative enterprise, businesses can’t afford to have anything less than the most comprehensive security program. What does this mean for businesses? It means that the current-state of your security program should be assessed so that you can improve the maturity of risk control processes, while simultaneously securing your vital business data and assets.
What Are The Steps Involved In A Security Program Assessment?
The steps taken to assess the current-state of your security program will depend on several things such as; the architecture that’s currently in place, whether any data breaches have occurred, what security incidents have been logged, and when the last assessment took place. During the assessment a team of Information Security experts will identify, at a micro level, the various elements of your security program. These elements include the software, hardware, cloud, and general Information Technology systems that you have in place. Each element will be examined to determine if it is functioning at the optimal security levels, if it needs to be overhauled, or if it needs to be replaced.
Your security program can be assessed and measured in four unique ways.
- Technical Accomplishments. — This portion of the assessment is designed to measure the absence, existence, or damaging effects of security incidents. It explores whether the incidents could have been prevented with the current technical components, or if the components themselves were lacking. In short, it leverages recorded security incidents to measure the technical strength and weaknesses of the entire security program on a micro level.
- Performance Metrics. — This portion of the security assessment is used to determine if financial and satisfaction metrics are being met by the security program. Performance metrics could also include established Service Level Agreements (SLAs) or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). If performance metrics are not being met, than an in depth examination will take place to determine why.
- Assessing The Maturity Of The Current Program. — As mentioned within the introduction, one of the key outcomes of a current-state assessment of your security program is to best determine how you can improve the maturity of risk processes. In this vein, assessing the maturity of your current program will help to determine what elements need to be upgraded or replaced, so that the security of your vital data is not compromised.
- Responsiveness Of The Current Program. — It is no secret that the technology sector is constantly changing; as such, business security needs to be measured against the current industry standards and benchmarks. Through a micro lens your security program will be assessed against multiple standards to best determine if it is properly aligned with current and projected benchmarks. Areas of weakness will be addressed, while areas of strength will also be assessed to see if additional improvements can be made.
After the above four components have been assessed and measured, a detailed security program assessment report is generated. This report will include a summary of findings and recommendations that will help to increase the effectiveness of your current Information Security system.
Leverage The Expertise Of Intrinium
Conducting regular current-state security program assessments is a task that should be completed by a team of experts if you want to keep your vital business data safe. Intrinium is a leading expert in the Information Security sector; providing businesses within the financial, state and local government, retail, and healthcare industries with the optimal security solutions. Don’t wait until it is too late. Contact a member of Intrinium to schedule your next security program assessment.