What is a Cyber Security Audit and how can it help your organisation?

A cyber security audit is designed to be a comprehensive review and analysis of your business’s IT infrastructure. It identifies threats and vulnerabilities, exposing weaknesses and high-risk practices.

Regulations such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) can impose heavy penalties in the event of a breach that results in exploited data. A cyber security audit will help mitigate the consequences of a breach and demonstrate that your organisation has taken the necessary steps to protect client and company data.

Our Cyber Security Specialists can advise on the best course of action to vastly improve your cyber resilience, securing your data and protecting your business across the following areas.

What is a IT Security Audit?

Implementing effective cyber security involves a lot more than just applying the latest technology. You need to enact appropriate supporting policies/processes and ensure your staff are effectively trained  to follow them. These factors taken together are what is referred to as a Security Management System.

To instill confidence that your Security Management System is working as intended and providing the protection the business requires, a security audit can be performed. A security audit is a structured approach to assessing the security measures that a company has in place, using a set of defined criteria. Typically, the criteria will be a security framework such as ISO 27001, NIST Cyber Security Framework, Cyber Essentials or a technology specific standard such as EIDAS (ETSI EN 319 411).

During the audit, the auditor will look to identify the policy and or processes that have been defined, then seek evidence that the policy/process is being followed. When looking for evidence, the auditor will typically use a sampling approach.  Rather than look at every record to assert compliance, they will look at a randomly chosen sample.