CSIT’s Pro Bono IT Security Assessment

Cloud Solution IT (CSIT) offers a bespoke Pro Bono IT Security Assessment that serves as a cornerstone of our commitment to safeguarding your digital assets. Our personalised approach entails a non-invasive evaluation of your organisation’s cybersecurity posture tailored to your unique needs and challenges.

With an expert team of seasoned professionals, CSIT can identify vulnerabilities, assess risks, and devise strategies for enhancing your IT department’s security framework.

Top Areas of IT Risk Small to Medium-sized Businesses Face

Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face a myriad of IT risks in today’s digital landscape, making IT security assessments a critical component of their survival and growth. Here are the top areas of IT risk that SMBs often encounter:

  1. Data Breaches: SMBs are prime targets for cybercriminals due to perceived vulnerabilities. Data breaches can result in reputation damage, legal liabilities, and financial losses.
  2. Phishing Attacks: Social engineering attacks, like phishing, can deceive employees into revealing sensitive information, leading to data breaches or network compromises.
  3. Outdated Software: SMBs may struggle to keep software and systems up to date, leaving them vulnerable to exploits that target known vulnerabilities.
  4. Insider Threats: Employees with access to sensitive data can intentionally or unintentionally compromise security. Managing insider threats is crucial.
  5. Third-party Risks: Collaborating with external vendors or cloud service providers can expose SMBs to risks if these partners have weak security measures.
  6. Inadequate Backup and Recovery: Failing to regularly back up data and establish disaster recovery plans can result in data loss during cyberattacks or system failures.
  7. Mobile Device Vulnerabilities: The rise of remote work introduces security risks associated with employees using personal devices for business purposes.

The CSIT Security Assessment helps our prospective clients address these challenges by evaluating existing vulnerabilities, recommending security enhancements, and providing a roadmap for proactive risk mitigation. These assessments are not only a safeguard against threats but also help IT departments to substantiate strategic investment in security posture upgrades.

Areas of the Assessment Focus

The Cloud Solution IT team of experts will focus on six areas of IT security:

  • Technical Environment
  • Data Security
  • Network Security
  • Microsoft Security
  • Email Security
  • Dark Web Scan

Discovery Consultation Call | Technical Environment

In this dialog, our IT Security subject matter experts will interview you and ask questions about the firm’s general technical security profile. Assessing the technical security profile will help us understand the existing security measures in place and identify any gaps or areas of potential improvement. We will discuss the firm’s system and network architecture, including internal and external networks, firewalls, routers, switches, and other networking components.

We will assess the firm’s access control mechanisms, including user authentication methods, such as password policies, multi-factor authentication, and role-based access controls. Our team of experts will then discuss the firm’s processes for vulnerability scanning and patch management, as well as the firm’s incident response and disaster recovery plans.

Security Questionnaire | Core Security Policies

This is an online or personal-interview questionnaire that documents the policies, procedures, and IT security culture of the company. Topics of focus include:

  • How would you describe the overall awareness and importance of IT security within your company?
  • Are regular IT security training and awareness programs conducted for employees? If yes, how frequently are they conducted?
  • How do you ensure that employees follow IT security best practices? Are there any consequences for non-compliance?
  • How often are IT systems and networks assessed for vulnerabilities? Are penetration tests or vulnerability scans conducted regularly?
  • Is there a mechanism in place to monitor and detect unauthorised access or suspicious activities on your IT systems and networks?

Dark Web Search | Physical Check

We will run a pro bono Dark Web Search that will seek out and catalog exploits including compromised passwords and emails associated with your IT systems. As part of our Security-as-a-Service offering, we will continuously monitor the Dark Web for any instances where your company’s information has been exposed, traded, or shared. This could include stolen credentials, leaked internal documents, or discussions about potential vulnerabilities in your systems. When any relevant information is found, we will analyse it to determine if it is indeed related to your company. Then, our team of IT security experts will assess the sensitivity and potential impact of the exposed information.

IT-Management Security Assessment Report

A management-grade IT Security Risk Assessment Report is created. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the IT security risks faced by the organisation. The purpose of this assessment is to identify vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and potential threats to the organisation’s information systems and provide actionable recommendations to mitigate these risks. The report highlights the key findings, risk levels, and prioritised recommendations for management’s consideration. Remediation options including CSIT’s SECaaS solutions are discussed.

Uses of the IT Security Assessment Report

It is commonly known the mission of most MSP-MSSPs is to totally outsource as much of their client’s IT infrastructure management and user services as possible. CSIT does it differently. We work with our internal IT allies and find just the right spots to add value.

Working with CSIT is like having your own private group of IT security experts, specially trained and enabled with premier technology, and who exist to make sure your IT department shines with competence and results.

The CSIT Security Assessment Report is an excellent tool for IT Departments to share with business management to increase their situational awareness of the firm’s IT security position and substantiate case for improved IT security measures. CSIT offers affordable, subscription-based SECaaS solutions.

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