IT Audits and Assessments

Audits and assessments give you assurance that your systems are working effectively and are achieving the goals and objectives of your business.

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What is an IT Audit?

An IT audit is an independent verification, mapped against industry best practices and standards, to give you the certainty that your system is working at optimal efficiency.

You may believe that your IT system is working well and does not have any issues, but unless you are an IT expert, how can you be 100% certain? Having an independent IT audit of your system could show that everything is fine and there are no issues to worry about, or it could identify weak areas, issues or areas that could be brought up to date and made more effective. In which case you can do something about it.

To use an analogy, whilst you are required by law to have an MOT, you do not have to have your car serviced. However, having a service gives you peace of mind that your car is safe and well maintained, and that any issues will be identified and dealt with before they have a chance to become an expensive and time-consuming problem.

There is also the problem that many companies add hardware and software to their IT system on somewhat of an ad-hoc basis which means that, as a whole, the system is not necessarily as efficient as it could be. Following one IT audit, we were able to make recommendations to a client to update and modernise their IT systems by redistributing their annual IT spend. These changes could be made to the clients IT systems for the same amount of money as their annual IT spend, delivering many improvements, including hardware and software upgrades. The cost efficiencies were so great, the whole exercise was cost-neutral in the first year and delivered massive savings going forward.

Why Choose Us?

  • Assurance your systems work effectively
  • We take time to understand your corporate strategy
  • We provide an accurate overall picture of all your IT

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    Types of Audit

    • Basic Security Audit

      We validate your practices on passwords, password renewals, account and firewall protection against the criteria for Cyber Essentials certification, the government standard for cybersecurity.

      We are often told by companies that their IT systems are working fine and they do not have any issues with cyber security so why would we need to have an assessment, they ask. The truth of the matter is you don’t know what you don’t know and having an independent assessment of your systems in the worst-case scenario will give you peace of mind that your systems are safe. However, a high percentage of the time the assessment gives a very different picture and provides a road map for improving the protection of your systems.

    • Technical Audit

      In addition to the Basic Security Audit, we will look at your hardware to assess how well it is working, whether or not it is fit for purpose, and how it is configured.

    • Operation level Audit

      This is the most thorough audit which, in addition to the Basic Security and Technical Audits, looks at your overall IT operation. This includes assessing the skill levels of staff in your internal IT department, if you have one, your general practices with regard to cybersecurity online and offline (do your staff keep passwords on Post-It notes in their desk drawers, for instance), and your overall spend versus the age of your equipment – the older it is, the more expensive it is to maintain.

      Being wrong about the condition and security of your IT infrastructure can have a dramatic impact on your business that some organisations never recover from. Can you afford to be wrong about the condition and security of your systems?

    What are the benefits of an IT Audit?

    • Checks susceptibility to threat and reduces risk
    • Evaluates the system
    • Improves data security
    • Strengthens and bolsters controls
    • Improves IT Governance
    • Ensures compliance with regulations
    • Facilitates communication between business and technology management

    Our IT audits are an independent verification, mapped against industry best practices and standards, to give you the certainty that your system is working at optimal efficiency, giving you the peace of mind that will enable you to sleep better at night.

     

    If you would like to book an IT audit or assessment of your current infrastructure and systems, contact us using the form or call 01442 500890 to find out more.

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    What our customers say

    Charles Douglas Solicitors LLP have been using Lumina Technologies for a number of years now and continue to be impressed by the technical know-how and contemporary knowledge of their senior management, who provide a timely, efficient and friendly service. Whether it is a small issue with one computer, or a strategic IT decision, they maintain a current knowledge of available technologies. Lumina are always at the other end of the phone to help resolve issues and minimise business interference. The technical knowledge of Richard and his senior team means that there has not been a problem that they can’t solve to date. I am sure we will continue to use them in the years to come.

    Charles Douglas
    Managing Partner, Charles Douglas Solicitors LLP

    Hawkstone Management Services Ltd is a small company for which IT Outsourcing is realistically the only viable option. Lumina Technologies have successfully performed this role for over fifteen years. They also provide innovative solutions to keep pace with technological progress. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lumina to similar sized businesses.

    Stephen Pembury
    Hawkstone Management Services Ltd

    Lumina have supported us so well through the difficult circumstances of 2020.  They worked extremely hard to ensure we were able to work remotely and continue to operate our business successfully.The support team are very friendly and knowledgeable, and have excellent response times.

    The team have also enhanced our cyber security which is so important in the legal sector, and they continue to provide high quality advice to help us move forward with our IT goals.

    Adams & Remers

    The Vita Group HQ staff have worked with Richard McBarnet and Lumina Technologies for over 9 years, with Lumina providing all our PC, server, phone, and software support. The services have included C-level executives based in London, Manchester, the US, as well as supporting home office IT as well. The service provided and intellectual capabilities are outstanding and we would highly recommend Richard and his Lumina team.

    Joe Menendez
    CEO, The Vita Group

    Richard and his team at Lumina have provided Perrett Laver Limited with high quality strategic and practical IT Services for over ten years. During this period, Perrett Laver has grown from 10+ colleagues based in London to nearly 100 colleagues located in six offices across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Richard and the Lumina team have not just been responsive to our ‘everyday’ IT needs, but have proactively sought to work with us on developing an infrastructure suitable for the type of operation we are today, and are planning to be months and years down the line. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard, especially for small to medium size business with growth in mind.

    Clementine McKinley
    COO, Perrett Laver Limited

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    Society Limited has been supported by Lumina Technologies since our earliest start-up phase. From large logistical challenges like an office move, through to smaller fiddly issues like fixing a faulty e-template, we know we can count on their support and advice. They’ve also been able to engage with us strategically on the challenge of scaling-up our infrastructure as the firm continues to grow and evolve. We always feel confident going to Lumina with a problem, since we know they genuinely care about sorting things out and helping us to get on with our core business.

    Simon Lucas
    Managing Director, Society Limited

    The commercially sensitive and regulated nature of Lambert Energy Advisory’s business requires an IT provider able to maintain the highest levels of integrity and confidentiality, Lumina Technologies has consistently been unimpeachable in this regard over the nine years we have employed them.

    Patrick Agar
    Lambert Energy Advisory

    Richard and his team are a real inspiration to anyone who meets them and I have watched Lumina’s growth over the last few years with interest and admiration. Richard has been an amazing supporter of the Hospice of St Francis, being a Gold member of the Corporate Partner Network for almost two years. He takes an active interest in the community and is passionate about his company and his town: nothing is too much trouble, he is always willing to help, to give up his time and to provide business advice when asked. Lumina is an inspiration to any company wanting to set up business in Hertfordshire.

    Carolyn Addison
    Corporate Fundraising Manager, The Hospice of St Francis

    Lumina Technologies has been Salamander Energy plc’s IT provider since start-up in 2005 and has supported us in London during our expansion across operational offices in SE Asia. Their professional approach, strategic advice and close co-operation have been essential in making this a success.

    John Bell
    Group Technical Director, Salamander Energy plc

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