What is an IT Security Audit?
In this article, we go over what’s included in an IT security audit and the benefits one would bring for your business.
An IT security audit/cyber security audit is an in-depth list/description on how secure a business’ security is and if possible, ways to improve it. Usually, a cyber security expert will visit your office/site to identify risks within the workplace and devices being used. Your organisation’s IT practices will be compared to the relevant standards and regulations.
Why is an IT Security Audit important?
There are many reasons for why an IT security audit is important. Here are some of the key benefits.
– Identify where your current business’s security stands. What you’re doing well and the weak points in your security.
– Determine the actions needed to improve your business’s cyber security.
– Comply with both internal and external security regulations.
– Cost saving by finding unnecessary equipment and software.
– See whether cyber security training is needed for the business’s employees.
How often should an IT security audit be performed?
2 times a year (minimum) is recommended for IT security audits, however it depends on the size of the business.
The larger the organisation, the more data, information and devices they will hold, meaning they’ll need to be checked more often to make sure they are secure and up to standards.
You’ll more than likely have an IT security audit when onboarding with a new IT team, so they can understand what level your business’s technology and security is at.
Why do companies need IT security audits?
It’s important for a company to have an IT security audit performed to make sure all their data and any of their clients’ private information is secure. A company’s cyber security needs to be complying with regulations to avoid any potential breaches or costly fines.
Regular IT security audits ensure everything is up to date and complies with any new rules.
How to perform or arrange an IT security audit
You may be asking whether an IT security audit is something you could do yourself? An IT security audit can be performed internally, however it is strongly recommended that you also get an IT/cyber security professional to come out and pinpoint any vulnerabilities.
When your external audit is conducted by a professional, they will use different types of equipment, scanners and software with the target of finding flaws in the company’s security. They will also, more likely, have stronger knowledge about cyber security and what would need implementing to improve your business.
How much does an IT security audit cost?
The cost of an IT security audit varies on the size of the organisation e.g. number of employees and devices. This means to get an accurate price estimated, you would have to contact an IT specialist or business. It also depends on how in depth you want the audit. With the cyber security specialist going through everything and doing as many tests as possible, there will be a higher cost.
However, on average, the starting price is around £500-£3000 (again, depending on the size of the business).
Free IT security audit.
Here at Reformed IT, we offer a free IT security audit to East-Midlands based businesses. If you’re looking for a free IT security audit for your business, contact Reformed IT by calling 01158 244 824 or email us using the button below for more information.
Interested in what else our IT Support package includes?
There are many reasons that IT support with Reformed IT is a great choice for your business or organisation. If you choose Reformed IT for your IT support, you'll receive all these benefits including help from members of our experienced team when needed.
Unlimited IT Support
We provide fully inclusive, onsite and remote IT support. In addition to that, it won't cost you extra for an engineer to attend your site to resolve a technical issue.
Device Status Monitoring
When we take on your IT support, we deploy our monitoring agent onto all devices and servers. This alerts us to any issues which you may be unaware of.
Data Breach Monitoring
There are over 8 billion breached passwords and personal information available on the dark web. There's a possibility that some of this data relates to your employees. We'll monitor dark web activity and provide reports of breached passwords.
Cyber Essentials Certification
We ensure every one of our clients achieve their Cyber Essentials certification at no additional cost. We also help them towards Cyber Essentials Plus ensuring that everything is ready for assessment.
Office 365 Monitoring
We monitor your Microsoft 365 tenancy with our 24/7 security operations centre. If there is strange activity we'll find it immediately and alert you or resolve the issue straight away. Keeping your business secure.
Everyone wants to avoid computer viruses. We include anti-virus software as part of our IT support package to keep your devices safe and to save time when it comes to viruses.
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Backups for Office 365
We will ensure that all of your emails and files are backed up, at no extra cost. We recognise the importance of backups and disaster recovery so we feel it shouldn't be an added extra.
Managed Email Signatures
With our included Exclaimer signatures for Office 365 service, you can get more out of your email signatures instead of a simple message with no images.
Cyber Security Training
To keep you even safer from hackers, we provide globally recognised and market leading Cyber security training by PhishingTackle. This online training portal will provide your teams with guidance and information to reduce the risk of hackers and scams.
Asset and Warranty Tracking & Reporting
We provide you with a list of your current assets in the business by using our powerful remote management tools. This creates a monthly asset report so you can keep track of your hardware life cycles.
Reformed IT Academy
We'll provide your business with the best IT training and learning sources. With the Reformed IT Academy, you’ll be able to watch and complete over 700 courses to help grow your knowledge and skills.
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Cyber Threat Monitoring
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