Major threats to businesses in the form of information or system misuse come from within the business organization. Inside ‘attacks’ or Insider threats have been noted to be some of the most dangerous since these people are already inside the perimeter and have varying degree of access to sensitive information. It is not always disgruntled workers and corporate spies who are the threats. Often, it is the non-malicious, but uninformed employees that are the real threats.
Vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying and quantifying security vulnerabilities/weaknesses in an environment. It is an in-depth evaluation of your information security posture. The vulnerabilities or weaknesses are the gateways to eventual attacks on the enterprise network. A penetration test simulates the actions of an external and/or internal cyber attacker that aims to breach the information security of the organization. Using many tools and techniques, attempt (authorized) is made to exploit critical systems and gain access to sensitive data.
We also engage in very detailed and effective Technical Gap Analysis or Audit. We do this to help determine the degree of conformance of your IT infrastructure or enterprise business setup (technical-wise) to the requirements of a specification or standard.
IT security is considered a journey and this necessitates that a proper strategy be laid out. Effective strategy considers the various lines of businesses owners’ input to get an apt view of the respective risk & challenges that can adversely affect their operations. This will help have a strategy where business IT risks and security controls/tools fit like a dovetail joint. Ranging from perimeter security, identity assurance, activity monitoring on critical business infrastructures (databases, operating systems etc), there should be the right alignment with business objectives.
Information security policies are a special type of documented business rule. It documents the information security requirements of the different lines of businesses that constitute the overall business environment. While it is a requirement for regulatory compliance, smart security policies also enhance business operations by reducing risk and decreasing IT security management costs. Policies must be uniquely tailored to the needs of each organization, because the factors that drive information security policies vary considerably from organization to organization. The factors include business objectives, legal requirement, organizational design, information systems technology deployed et al.
Every business today employs the use of information systems (including internet technologies) to help meet business objectives in the most effective manner. This range from online sales & service delivery, communication with business partners to advertisements. The huge benefits that come with information systems usage also carries huge risk to the business. What are the critical assets that support your business operations and growth, what kind of risks are they exposed to; will your business survive in the face of these attacks? It is important to evaluate these questions and pan appropriately so that your business does not come to a halt from financial loss, reputation damage, operations down time et al.