IT audits are the most general and all-encompassing of the differing security assessments. These audits review and benchmark multiple areas of your organization to identify operational practices and systems configurations that represent risk to your sensitive information.
While many organizations are obligated to have a regular audit of their systems for compliance or regulatory purposes (such as a GLBA, HIPAA or PCI DSS audit), all organizations should perform an IT audit annually as part of an overall information security program.
Information technology is a critical component of your operations, and a breach of security could cause significant damage to you and your customers. An effective information security program depends on both technology and processes.
It's vital for your organization to securely implement servers, workstations, routers and firewalls to reduce vulnerabilities and protect your sensitive information. Equally important are the policies, procedures and operational practices you use to configure, manage and operate systems.
Regular reviews of critical IT processes help your organization reduce potential risk. These reviews also provide you the opportunity to evolve your policies and procedures to better address emerging threats quickly.
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Your IT audit will be custom-tailored to your unique organization, based on your risk assessment if you have performed one. We perform hands-on security testing, review written documentation review and interview key staff to examine your:
Sikich prioritizes the results of the testing based on the ease of exploitation, potential impact and overall risk to your organization. We fully describe each finding and recommend actions to address each vulnerability.
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