The importance of security audits

22 Feb 2021

blog

Organizations can’t afford to be complacent with their cybersecurity. Beyond installing the latest cybersecurity tools, you need to conduct a security audit to ensure that you successfully implement a sound defensive strategy.

Auditing and the security strategy

Audits are necessary to ensure and maintain system quality and integrity. These system checks help identify security gaps and assure business stakeholders that your company is doing everything in its power to protect its data.

An audit is usually made up of three phases: assess, assign, and audit. Having a methodical way of auditing helps you avoid missing important details. It is also crucial that each stage is treated with the same level of importance to ensure thorough and comprehensive outcomes.

During the assessment phase, have your IT partner look at the security system you have in place. All of your business computers and servers, as well as every program and every user, need to be checked. The assessment should give you an overview of how secure your business currently is, along with any weak points that need to be addressed.

After the assessment, you need to implement the appropriate solutions and partner with the right providers. Ask your IT provider about solutions they can provide for each of your network/system gaps. And for issues that they can’t handle (perhaps because certain machines and software are highly specialized), ask your IT provider for their recommended list of partners.

Finally, conclude your audit cycle with an “audit,” which is one last look-around before releasing the system back into the wild. Make sure that installations, patches, and upgrades are integrated properly and working seamlessly. For future reference, take down notes just in case you need information about software and hardware improvements done during this audit cycle.

What exactly should be audited?

When conducting an audit, there are three factors you should focus on:

The state of your security
Security — especially digital security — is never at an impasse, and it is always in flux. That’s because cybercriminals are always concocting new malware attacks and threats to infiltrate company networks. And that’s not even accounting for cyberattacks that exploit human error like phishing and other social engineering attacks. This means that system security has shorter and shorter expiration dates nowadays, making audits all the more crucial to implementing your security strategy.

The changes made
The key to having long-term data integrity is a continuity plan, and not just one that addresses severe business disruptions such as those caused by calamity or disaster. A true continuity plan tries to address every conceivable risk realistically, especially those that can trip up business operations, such as cyberattacks. This can only be possible if you know what kind of hardware and software comprise your system, as well as their respective updates and improvements.

Who has access to what
Data systems should allow administrators some control over who sees what. Total accessibility is a very dangerous prospect, especially since business nowadays is increasingly hinged on internet presence. An audit will let you check on user access so that you can make necessary adjustments to protect your data.

If you are looking for help in developing a security strategy for your business, contact us today to see how our managed solutions can help.

Testimonials

Swift Chip is your IT partner in business growth and profitability. We love our clients—and here’s why they love us too:

Swift Chip has been managing our IT infrastructure for the past 3 years, and in that time, they’ve helped us navigate many technology challenges including moving our offices, migrating our email from an old in house exchange server to Microsoft Office 365, and protecting our data and client’s data after a serious ransomware attack. Swift Chip is professional, responsive, communicative, and we trust them as partners in our IT decision making.

Robert Abbasi, President RTI Properties

I use Swift Chip for all my computer and IT needs. I have referred them to my business colleagues whenever the opportunity arises. They deliver the goods.

Al Knobloch, CEO, HK Wealth Management

Before Swift Chip, IT problems were always that – PROBLEMS! But now with our managed services, we can email or call our friendly Swift Chip friends and we always get prompt, concise resolutions to our problems. Last year, we had a major software issue from our tax software vendor during tax season but fortunately we had Swift Chip who went above and beyond to help us through it all. Thanks for making IT easy again!

Davin Carey, Vice President, Lead Financial Advisor, Carey & Hanna | Tax & Wealth Planners

The Art of Hacking

Get this NEW release book on Amazon that basically takes the wisdom from some of the most well-known writings about warfare, political intrigue, martial arts, history, and strategy and applies it to modern-day cybersecurity. The tools and techniques have changed, but the primary principles remain the same in protecting modern data systems.

Buy Now

In the community

Follow on Facebook

Small things do count

We believe that “small things do count”, so we have built some initiatives in our business to help others less fortunate than us. One of these is that we’ve partnered with an organization committed to planting trees and saving lives in the process. Eden Reforestation Projects reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests by employing local people to plant millions of trees every year. The way it works, is that whenever we finish working on a service request for you – our system sends a quick 15 second survey (yes, it honestly takes 15 seconds) to find out how we did and to make sure we’re keeping our support levels world class. For every completed survey, we plant 8 trees (through Eden Reforestation Projects). Here’s a quick video to see the impact they’re making. It’s our goal to plant 24,000 trees in 2022 and we’ll need your help.

Donate
community image

Contact Us

LOS ANGELES

10100 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, United States

[email protected] 310-881-8770
Swift Chip, Inc.
5.0
Based on 9 reviews
powered by Google
Adrianna SmithAdrianna Smith
01:52 27 May 22
The team at Swift Chip is responsive, knowledgeable, and super kind! Anytime I have an issue, they are quick to contact me back. Technology issues can be very overwhelming for a business owner, so having them on my team is super helpful to keeping my business operating smoothly!
Gary RotkopGary Rotkop
19:50 08 May 20
Very knowledgeable and professional staff that responded quickly, understood what I needed and resolved the issue economically. I had a very specific technical issue with an integration. Although AJ did not have specific knowledge of this very esoteric software, he managed to figure it out within minutes as we were discussing the problem. Very impressed. Thanks Swift Chip.
Udi BarkaiUdi Barkai
14:38 12 Oct 18
We have been working with SwiftChip for the last four years and have exceptional experience with these guys. In particular we would like to mention their extensive knowledge and outstanding customer service.
Keith R. SpragueKeith R. Sprague
10:46 22 Apr 16
Ken and his staff are great. They are very knowledgeable and always seem to have the answer. Highly Recommend...
Van HaasVan Haas
16:27 21 Oct 15
Ken May and his team at Swift Chip has always done a great job for me and the clients I refer. They are on the ball and are usually flexible with their schedule. They know their stuff and get it done right!
Ken HowerKen Hower
14:03 09 Nov 11
Swift Chip worked on my wife's laptop and made it run better than ever...better than new! Pricing was more than reasonable...Call Ken May at Swift Chip...he's the man!!!
js_loader

VENTURA

2140 Eastman Ave, #104 Ventura, CA 93003, United States

[email protected] 805-318-8770
Swift Chip, Inc.
5.0
Based on 7 reviews
powered by Google
Robert BrothersRobert Brothers
22:11 24 May 22
Best IT company I've worked with in the last 20 years. Highly recommended!
Kate BernabeKate Bernabe
00:52 16 Nov 21
Jim DeArklandJim DeArkland
22:34 20 Jun 21
always a positive experience!
Tiara PalazuelosTiara Palazuelos
15:11 18 Sep 20
They respond very quickly an are very professional! I'm very happy with the IT services they've provided!
Eric AndersonEric Anderson
17:25 06 May 19
js_loader