Alex M. Sanders 2m 537 #business
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If you’re a business, your IT network and systems are likely critical to your success. Why? First, because it keeps your tools and data secure; second because it’s essential for maintaining optimal performance. This means that when issues arise, they need to be addressed right away. One of the quickest and most effective methods to do so is a vulnerability assessment. An IT vulnerability assessment is an audit of your system that looks for security gaps, weaknesses, and risks.
So how do you know when it’s time for an assessment? Here are 4 signs.
Your Business Has Experienced a Breach or Attack Recently
Has your business recently experienced a breach or attack? Did a malicious code or virus infiltrate your system or did an unauthorized user gain access to sensitive data? If so, it’s essential that you undergo a vulnerability assessment. First, this is how you’ll better understand the source of the breach or attack and how to prevent similar incidents in the future. Second, it will give you peace of mind and allow your business to move forward with confidence.
Your Business is Growing
As your business grows, so will its needs—and with it, changes must be made to your IT network and systems. This can include new hardware, software, and applications as well as changes in its configuration. A vulnerability assessment is prudent at this time because it will ensure that the system remains secure while accommodating any new requirements you may have.
For example, say you’re a law firm that’s growing. Your IT network needs to be able to handle a larger client base and accommodate new features such as electronic signatures. An assessment is an effective way to make sure your system is set up properly and that the data it contains remains secure.
You’re Not Following Best Security Practices
Are you current on security protocols, patching, and system upgrades? Having up-to-date security practices is not only important for optimal performance, but also for protecting your data against breaches. If you’re not following best security practices and/or are unsure if you are compliant with industry standards, an assessment is the best way to identify any issues.
Say you’re a restaurant that stores its customer data in an online database. It’s essential that you have the latest security protocols in place and regularly monitor your system for any changes or updates that need to be made. Otherwise, your customer’s data could be at risk.
You’re Connecting New Devices or Services
Are you connecting new devices, networks, or services? If so, a vulnerability assessment is essential to maintain the security of your systems and network. Any new addition has the potential to create unforeseen vulnerabilities, and an assessment is how you’ll identify any potential risks before they become a problem.
Plus, it could even further ensure that all of your devices, networks and services are compliant with industry standards.
A vulnerability assessment is an important step in ensuring the security of your IT network. By regularly performing these assessments, you can quickly identify any potential risks or weaknesses and take steps to protect your business. If you’re experiencing any of the 4 signs listed above, consider getting a comprehensive evaluation of your system’s security status.