You will often find that many businesses struggle when it comes to IT security as they have no clue or idea where to begin their journey. What type of security does your business require & what should you be prioritising? The best approach to take when it comes to this is to undertake a comprehensive IT security risk assessment. This can start with the basics and help provide you with the necessary steps to take after.
To make this journey as smooth as possible for your business, in this blog article, we will give you a simple checklist for your IT team to complete.
Before we delve into this checklist, we will just provide you with some context as to why this checklist will be useful for your business
Gain a firm understanding of the data in your business
When it comes to cyber security, you need to firstly have a firm understanding of the data in your business. This involves conducting a comprehensive review of your data to establish what you need and what you don’t. Cyber criminals can’t steal data that isn’t around, so if you don’t require certain data sets get rid of them safely.
To be able to assess your data effectively, you will need to learn how it is stored, how long data is stored for and who should be allowed to access it.
Assess the risks to your business
This is where you will need to make sure you have a firm grasp of your data. This can be put into 3 different categories:
Threats – Something that could cause major problems for your business. This can be anything from a natural disaster to cyber threats.
Potential Vulnerabilities – Any holes in your security that could make it easier for threats you already know to harm your business.
Risks – This is assessing the likelihood that one such threat that you exposed can exploit a vulnerability.
By assessing your data and your business in such a way, you will have a better understanding of how secure your data is.
Now, that we’ve identified why an IT security checklist is important for your business, let’s provide you with the questions that you need to answer.
So, what is next?
It is important to note that the above checklist is a good place to start for businesses looking to ramp up their cyber security efforts. This will give you the fundamentals of where your data is, how much you have and where you could potentially be exposed.
If you are looking for expert advice on how to improve the cyber security of your business or have more bespoke IT security requirements then please give our team of IT experts a call today to discuss how we can help you protect your business.
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