How To Know Your Business Needs a Cyber Security Assessment

Cyber Security Assessment

You can never be too careful when it comes to safeguarding information and data online. These days, for a variety of reasons, the majority of corporate data is kept online. Unfortunately, a lot of companies think they are immune to cyberattacks and data breaches. 

It’s simpler to think you’re safe, or that your business is too little to be a target. Believe it or not, any business can be targeted by cybercriminals, there are no distinctions on the size of your business.

Conducting a cyber security assessment is one of the more efficient ways to be ready in the event that your company becomes a victim of a data breach or hack. In this blog, we will discuss what a cyber security assessment is and some warning signs that your company needs a cyber security assessment.

What Is A Cyber Security Assessment? 

Prior to a breach or malicious attack, a cyber security assessment seeks to identify and assess any potential risks or vulnerabilities in your organization’s infrastructure. After an assessment is complete, you can identify the most significant vulnerabilities and rank the most pressing security threats that need to be fixed.

A smart method to make sure your company is maintaining its cyber security efforts is to do an evaluation. A significant number of vulnerabilities discovered during the evaluation is a hint that your company needs to prioritize security awareness and training.

How Dated Is Your Technology? 

Old software or computers are ticking time bombs when it comes to cyber risks. This makes it even more important to keep your technology and software up to date. Since vendors will eventually stop supporting an outdated software solution, you are more likely to be exposed to a security danger. Additionally, your company is at risk if you frequently skip software updates on your current infrastructure.

Can Old Employees Still Access Their Accounts? 

Do you have a procedure in place for managing a former employee’s access to technology? If not, it is highly suggested that you have a procedure in place for how much access former employees will have to their previous work accounts. 

This is important because there are cases where workers who don’t part ways peacefully still have access to the systems and software. A security review for previous employees helps you find out if old passwords were never terminated and can be beneficial in keeping your information safe.

Are Your Employees Utilizing Their Own Personal Devices?

Bringing personal devices to work such as a cell phone is common, but they also present some additional liabilities as it relates to cyber security, including:

  • Unknowns surrounding updates may make the devices more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
  • In some circumstances, it could be possible for employees to download malicious software or apps that provide cyber criminals access to your computers.
  • Data security could be compromised when accessing work information on a personal device that is being used by another individual.

Are Your Employees Lacking Cyber Security Training?

Although it’s not necessary for all staff to be cyber security specialists, it’s a good idea to train them in best practices. Employees are often the source of cyberattacks or breaches, often through no fault of their own due to the lack of knowledge on what to do when they are the victim of a cyberattack. 

Your business may be at risk of an attack if bad online habits like using weak passwords, not closing out of programs, or failing to see suspicious files or emails are practiced while at work.

Get Help Today! 

Unfortunately, a majority of businesses are unaware of how little cybersecurity they have. Prior to a malicious threat, you must determine your business’ vulnerabilities, hazards, and threats and take action to prevent them from becoming disastrous problems.

If you are interested in a cyber security assessment, contact JENLOR today for more information.