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Evaluating Your Company’s Information Security as 2017 Winds to a Close: Are You Ready for 2018?

Evaluating Your Company’s Information Security as 2017 Winds to a Close: Are You Ready for 2018?

With the end of the calendar year rapidly approaching, now is a good time to take stock of where your company’s Information Security program is today. Threats to your organization’s Information Security and technology infrastructure are always there in the background, seeming to increase in scope and sophistication with alarming frequency.

Taking a candid look at the status quo, and taking action to address any potential shortcomings now, can help you avoid having to deal with the fallout of an incident later. Consider these five questions in your review:

  1. Staffing. Do you have enough skilled employees working on corporate or product information security? How many of these workers work solely on one aspect of your firm’s information security? If an information security breach occurred or if unplanned staffing issues hit your company, would you have the human capital needed to adequately shore up your information security defenses? If you’re unsure of your protection level, consider engaging a Managed Security Services provider to help ensure continuity and reliability.
  2. External Audit. Has your firm retained an external information security firm in the past five years to assess your organization’s security, conduct penetration tests and audit your overall information technology architecture? If not, engaging external professionals periodically is key in helping identify potential information security issues. When companies approach their securities needs through a vacuum, there is a greater risk that they are not actually addressing all potential vulnerabilities.
  3. Remediation. If an external audit found potential issues during their assessment, did your company take action to implement their recommendations? Although it’s surprising, many companies hire external auditors to assess their information security status but fail to follow through with recommended remediation tasks. When you become aware of a potential risk or vulnerability, whether through an external audit report or otherwise, take prompt action right away to limit your risk.
  4. Information Security Incidents. Have attackers gained unauthorized access to your systems or data, or otherwise breached or bypassed your existing information security measures? If your business was targeted and suffered data breaches, unauthorized access attempts or was the victim of any other type of security incident, it’s critical that you respond quickly and appropriately to ensure repeat incidents will not occur.
  5. Best Practices. Has your company implemented industry-specific guidelines and best practices for security? For example, manufacturers should review and adopt applicable standards found in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Similarly, financial services and healthcare organizations have their own industry-specific guidance and best practices. Ensure your systems and protocols are designed with these guidelines in mind.

Turn to Intrinium for Information Security Services and Solutions

Assessing and securing your organization’s information security is a critical task. For help evaluating where your current vulnerabilities may lie, and for assistance addressing those potential risks, turn to Intrinium Information Technology Solutions.

To get started or to learn more, contact us online or call us at 866-461-5099 today.

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