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 security 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.

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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.

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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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    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

    Lumina Technologies Prism Hosted Desktop has allowed our business to centralise our global corporate data, allowing much faster access for all our staff – regardless of their location. We have also been able to simplify and reduce our infrastructure and management overhead. With the new Prism Hosted Desktop solution all staff now have simple and secure access to corporate data using any device they choose. Prism Hosted Desktop has increased the productivity of our staff and given us a single, consistent and familiar experience for all users from any device, in any location, 24/7.

    Katherine Roe
    Chief Executive Officer, Wentworth Resources PLC

    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

    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

    It has been a great pleasure working with Lumina Technologies over the past two years. They have fully committed to being involved in the local community with volunteering and with professional advice and commitment, helping many local charities along the way. As a growing company it proves that being involved in the local community is helping them attract and retain a talented workforce and I look forward to working with them well into the future.

    Cindy Withey
    Connect Dacorum

    The quality of IT Support provided by Lumina Technology is of the highest standard and is complemented by effective client liaison with impressive response times. Trap Oil Group plc has no hesitation in recommending Lumina as a dedicated and specialist group of IT professionals.

    Martin David
    Technical Director, Trap Oil Group plc

    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

    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.

    Robin Illingworth
    Managing Partner, Adams & Remers LLP

    The team at Lumina Technologies have made the Amoun Travel & Tours office IT transition seamless and problem free. The office set-up has been vastly improved and the IT Support services are flawless. No issue goes unresolved, which is extremely reassuring.

    Adam Helmy
    Amoun Travel & Tours Ltd

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