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.
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.
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 your internal IT department, if you have one, your general practices with regard to cyber security on- 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.
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, it is not necessarily as efficient as it can 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, with massive savings going forward.
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. 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 the 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 roadmap for improving the protection of your systems.
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?
Our IT audits are an independent verification, mapped against industry best practices and standards, to give you certainty that your system is working at optimal efficiency, giving you the peace of mind that will enable you to sleep better at night.
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