IT Consulting: The Need for Security Audits

In today's business enterprises, many technological functions can be performed by in-house staff while others are best implemented by outside professionals. The security audit is a function that falls into the latter category. Security audits serve to examine the habits of employees to be sure that their practices do not inadvertently expose company virtual space, infrastructure, or data to outside threats. Because employees may not realize that their actions pose a potential risk, they are not in a position to audit themselves.  Outside consultants with expertise in data protection are better suited to perform this task. 

What Does a Security Audit Include?

IT companies that perform security audits typically assess both human and machine components of your existing security solution.  This involves reviewing security plans to identify their current strengths as well as areas where growth is needed.  Because plans sometimes represent an ideal rather than an actual representation of practices, consultants will also interview personnel about their routine practices in several areas related to security. 

A vulnerability assessment is a key part of a security audit and will include an examination of IT assets and the technology tools currently being used to protect them.

Finally, consultants will provide recommendations for improvements.  These may include advice about employee practices as well as a variety of software and hardware tools that can help to improve data security for the business.

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