Cybersecurity Process & Policy Audits and Reviews

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What is Cybersecurity Audit and Review Services

Cybersecurity processes and policies are part of the core security system of your organisation

Cybersecurity define your roles, activities and documentation. These processes and policies, however, need to be audited and reviewed frequently. They are crucial to your security defences against potential breaches and attacks.

Here’s where Mindfire can help with comprehensive cybersecurity audits that cover all essential processes and policies. These are comprehensive reviews of your organisation’s infrastructure and networks to determine vulnerabilities and threats to your business.

Cybersecurity Process and Policy Audits and Reviews

Why Cybersecurity Audit and Review Services

Some of the reasons you would need to conduct a cybersecurity audit of your organisation’s processes and policies include the following:

  • IT security audits form part of your security defences against potential breaches and attacks from malicious actors.
  • Audits help identify vulnerabilities, weak points and loopholes within your system that could result in a data breach to alert your security teams.
  • Determine your organisation’s compliance posture with industry regulations, requirements and privacy laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Benefits of Auditing Cybersecurity

An audit of your cybersecurity processes and policies results in significant benefits, some of which include:

  • Testing the controls your organisation has implemented.
  • Identifying gaps within your defence systems.
  • Giving your security team a chance to pre-empt hacktivists and cybercriminals.
  • Addressing weak spots and vulnerabilities in your security infrastructure.
  • Assuring clients, vendors, employees and other stakeholders of your security posture.
  • Providing guidance on how to leverage technology in your organisation’s security.
  • Maintaining and improving your organisation's reputation.
  • Allowing for improved technological and security performance.
  • Providing proof of a comprehensive analysis of internal and external security practices.

Cybersecurity Audit Checklist

IT security auditing can become a complex activity, sometimes with hundreds of items that need to be reviewed. It requires knowledgeable security experts such as Mindfire, who will perform it systematically and provide comprehensive cybersecurity audit services. We use a personalised cybersecurity checklist that will include some key steps, including:

Review policies

Your organisation should use cybersecurity policies to outline the rules and regulations to be followed when handling sensitive data. These policies will help us rank the sensitivity of your assets and determine how secure they are. We also look at the following:

  • Availability of the assets
    We check who has access to your information and data – the information should be easily accessible, but only to authorised personnel.
  • Integrity of assets
    We check what measures or controls have been implemented to protect data from malicious activities.
  • Confidentiality
    Is your data sufficiently protected from unauthorised access or misuse? Mindfire will ensure it is after we audit your cybersecurity systems.

Centralise policies

Before auditing cybersecurity, your organisation will need to consolidate all of its cybersecurity policies. These should be documented to provide our expert cybersecurity auditors with enough information to understand your security posture better.

Some of the security policies your organisation should ideally provide to our team includes:

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
This document stipulates the constraints users must adhere to when accessing your organisation’s corporate network, internet or other company resources. Users must usually agree to the terms of use before granting network access.

Access Control Policy (ACP)
This policy contains set rules that prevent unauthorised physical or remote access to sensitive company data. It defines the specific conditions under which access to data may take place.

Change Management Policy
This policy ensures that changes to your organisation’s IT systems or networks do not affect business continuity. It is also a way to ensure that the relevant stakeholders have approved all changes.

Incident Response (IR) Policy
IR policies comprise six steps that outline your organisation’s response to a security incident. These include:

Preparation and precautions taken

    • Identification of intrusion
    • Containment of threat or breach
    • Eradication or elimination of the threat
    • Recovery and restoration of software
    • Feedback, review and refinement

Remote Access Policy
This policy outlines the rules for remote users who access the company network. It will include details of what is expected from the user before, during, and after they access your organisation’s data. It also includes exceptions and disciplinary actions in the case of violations.

Email/Communication Policy
This is a set of procedures that details the use of emails and other electronic communication tools within your network.

Detail your network structure

Your organisation’s IT team should provide a detailed network diagram to Mindfire's tech team to help us understand your infrastructure. This diagram can either be logical or physical.

  • A logical diagram shows how data flows through your networks. It includes your network’s elements, such as domains, subnets, routers and network segments.
  • A physical network diagram shows the physical hardware of your IT systems, including ports, servers and cables.

Review Compliance Standards

Collate all privacy laws and regulations that govern your business for our auditors to use during the information security audit. You will need to provide details of each requirement and the steps your organisation has taken to fulfil them.

Cybersecurity team members

Your security team is best placed to help our team fully understand your company’s infrastructure and the security measures and controls you have implemented. Therefore, we will require a complete list of all security personnel and details of their roles and responsibilities if we need to consult with them.

Aspects of Cybersecurity Audits

Our cybersecurity audits will cover your organisation’s IT systems, including software, infrastructure and connected devices. However, we cover more than just the technical aspects and go further to conduct audits on:

Data security
Our team will audit the measures taken to protect sensitive data, such as encryption and authentication. We also examine your practices to protect data as it is being sent or received.

Network security
This is an investigation into the security posture of networks and systems that can be accessed via the internet.

Physical security
Mindfire's team will examine the security measures used to protect software and hardware assets and data. These may include access control, backups and site surveillance.

System security
We look at the controls applied to your organisation’s infrastructure, such as physical assets and devices. We also examine the security measures used to monitor user permissions and privileges.

Operational security
This includes your cybersecurity policies, controls and practices.

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