Why Security Assessments are More Important than You Think

By Jeff Schroeder • February 13, 2015

Throughout my time as a security practitioner I’ve had the pleasure of working with security conscious customers stretching across almost every vertical market segment. Something I see time and again is small, medium, and large businesses struggling to implement the fundamental basics of cybersecurity. The greatest source I contribute to this problem is that businesses often believe that they are implementing the appropriate protective measures that will effectively managing risk when in fact- they are not.

To ensure the best use of your security resources, you should understand the relative significance of different sets of systems, applications, data storage, and communication mechanisms. This is the very reason security assessments exist in our world today. They enable businesses to objectively evaluate their overall security effectiveness, identify gaps, and ensure that necessary security controls are in place and working as intended. Assessments are essential in determining what risks your businesses is accepting and bringing management attention to security priorities.

If you question the value of security assessments then I would encourage you to read the post “Are Security Assessments of Any Value?” from CyberSheath’s CEO, Eric Noonan. What Eric said then remains true to this day; the actionable data produced from a security assessment is used to prioritize security investments and deliver a foundation on which a sustainable organization can be built. Effective security assessments allow CSO/CISO’s to understand and explain their current cybersecurity posture in business terms, discover and remediate potential weaknesses, demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements, and measure performance strategically, year over year. In short, security assessments, executed by the right professionals, will tell you where you are and provide the map that will get you to where you want to go.

Security decisions you make today can determine your organization’s security and resilience for years to come. Our comprehensive cybersecurity consulting services will instill confident in the security actions you take by assessing the resources, realities, and culture of your business. We produce prioritized opportunities for improvement that can be implemented to show compliance, reduce cyberattacks, and build a world-class cybersecurity program.

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