Cybersecurity Audit & Compliance
How Prepared is Your Organization against Cybersecurity Risks?
We help organizations establish, maintain, and continuously improve their posture to meet industry standards compliance and regulations.
ISO Readiness Assessment
Our auditors possess extensive knowledge of current regulations and standards. They will conduct a thorough analysis of your information systems, controls, and practices to identify any potential gaps or weaknesses. They will also provide recommendations for improvement and ensure compliance with globally recognized ISO/IEC standards such as ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27017, ISO27018, ISO 22301, ISO 9001, ISO 37001, ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 20000, and others. Additionally, we will develop a high-level project plan that includes a comprehensive costing and resourcing model to facilitate the efficient implementation of your Information System.
ISO Certification Support
Our end-to-end ISO certification services guide your organization through every step of the certification process. We assist in determining the certification scope, conducting risk assessments, developing mandatory documentation, implementing the Management System, facilitating awareness training, and preparing for both internal and external audits.
Compliance Program Development
We evaluate your existing Cyber Compliance processes, and based on the assessment, we create a tailored Cyber Compliance Management Program. This includes a robust compliance assessment and reporting process to ensure continuous monitoring and improvements.
Common Control Framework Development
We specialize in the construction of a "Common Control Objectives" framework that aligns your compliance requirements with applicable standards, regulations, and your organization's policies. This framework provides your compliance team with a set of comprehensive controls to comply with multiple regulations, while also considering any regional compliance requirements identified through the governance team.
The ability to systematically combat the variety of cybersecurity threats has become strategically important for any modern business.
Standards and practices in which we have extensive knowledge and experience:
- ISO/IEC 27001: Information Security Management
- GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation
- ISO/IEC 27017: Security for Cloud Services
- ISO27018: Protection of Personally Identifiable Information in the Cloud
- ISO 22301: Business Continuity Management
- ISO 9001: Quality Management System
- ISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management
- ISO/IEC 20000: IT Service Management
- PCI DSS: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
- CIS Critical Security Controls: Critical Security Controls by CIS
- NIST SP 800-53: NIST Special Publication 800-53
- COBIT: Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies
Sometimes there are questions...
How do I prepare for a cyber security audit?
To prepare for a cybersecurity audit, first, you need to clarify the scope, understanding which systems, processes, and third parties will be reviewed. Also, you need to gather and organize the necessary documents to demonstrate compliance, such as risk assessments and incident response plans etc. Lastly, make sure your staff is knowledgeable about the audit process, prepared to follow procedures and answer relevant questions about their roles in the security program.
How Long Does a Cybersecurity Audit Take?
The duration of a cybersecurity audit typically falls within a range of 8 to 12 weeks depending on the scope of the audit, the size and complexity of the organization, the systems and processes being audited, and the specific standards or frameworks being used.
What Does a Cybersecurity Audit Cover?
The cybersecurity audit is intended to ensure that the organization’s cybersecurity measures meet established standards and best practices, and that they adequately protect against threats and vulnerabilities. The audit process can vary, but it often involves:
- Security Policy and Procedure Review. The audit scrutinizes all pertinent policies and procedures to ensure their alignment with organizational goals and their compliance with necessary standards and regulations.
- Risk Assessment. Auditors evaluate the organization’s ability to identify and manage cybersecurity risks, focusing on the processes for risk identification, classification, and mitigation.
- Network Security. The audit investigates the organization’s network security, probing the efficacy of firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and other protective measures.
- Physical Security. The audit includes an examination of physical security measures safeguarding IT infrastructure, such as access controls, surveillance systems, and secure hardware disposal methods.
- User Access Control. The audit analyzes how user access is managed, taking into account password policies, user role definitions, and authentication methods.
- Incident Response and Business Continuity. The audit evaluates the organization’s strategies for responding to security incidents and maintaining business continuity during and after an incident.
- Data Protection. Auditors review the organization’s data protection practices, including encryption methods, backup protocols, and data loss prevention strategies.
- Employee Training and Awareness. The audit assesses training and awareness initiatives to confirm employees are well-informed about their roles in maintaining cybersecurity.
- Vendor Management. For organizations utilizing third-party vendors, auditors examine how these relationships are managed to uphold security standards.
- Regulatory Compliance. The audit verifies whether the organization abides by relevant cybersecurity laws and regulations.
How does a cyber security audit take place?
The audit process can vary based on the organization’s specifics and the audit’s scope. However, a cybersecurity audit is typically conducted in several key steps:
- Planning. The first step in the audit process is to understand the scope of the audit. This includes identifying which systems, networks, and processes will be reviewed, as well as determining the specific standards or frameworks that will be used.
- Documentation Review. Auditors will review all relevant policies, procedures, and other documentation related to the organization’s cybersecurity practices. This can include incident response plans, network diagrams, access control policies, and more.
- Fieldwork. Auditors will often interview staff members to understand how security policies and procedures are implemented in practice. They may also directly observe certain processes or activities.
- Technical Assessment. This may include network scanning, vulnerability assessments, and penetration testing to evaluate the technical aspects of the organization’s cybersecurity.
- Findings and Recommendations. The auditors will then compile their findings, noting any vulnerabilities or non-compliance issues they discovered. They will provide recommendations for how these issues can be addressed.
- Report Presentation. Finally, the auditors will present their findings and recommendations to the organization’s management in a formal report. This report will provide a detailed overview of the state of the organization’s cybersecurity and provide a roadmap for any necessary improvements.
Benefits of Conducting a Cybersecurity Audit?
Conducting a cybersecurity audit is crucial for identifying potential system vulnerabilities and ensuring regulatory compliance, helping to prevent breaches and avoid penalties. Additionally, such an audit improves the overall security posture, enhances risk management strategies, supports business continuity, and fosters customer trust through proactive cybersecurity management.
How often should you perform a cybersecurity compliance audit?
The frequency of cybersecurity audits can vary based on factors such as industry, company size, and type of data handled. However, as a general rule, a cybersecurity compliance audit should be conducted at least annually. More frequent audits may be necessary for organizations handling sensitive data or under strict regulations. Additionally, an audit should follow any major changes to your IT infrastructure or business operations.
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