Third-Party Recurring Security Assessments are Critical to Protecting Your Data and Reputation

2022 was another record year for new vulnerabilities, ransomware payments, and business email compromise. This is even more shocking because 2021 also saw these records broken. Risk is increasing, and that trend is going to continue.

How can you keep one of these events from happening to your organization?

Most breaches and security events can be prevented by addressing vulnerabilities and improving cyber hygiene.

However, addressing network vulnerabilities is a moving target that requires  constant vigilance. In 2022, 26,448 vulnerabilities were reported in the software  that runs the computers you use every day (a 31% increase from last year).  That’s over 55 new vulnerabilities per day. It’s a full-time job keeping up.

Today, many organizations use a three-pronged approach to reduce the risk of breach:

  1. They invest in an advanced security solution which includes multiple layers of protection like: MFA, event log monitoring, advanced antivirus, password management, and a least privilege model.
  2. They engage a third-party to review these vulnerabilities on a monthly or quarterly basis. Using a third-party ensures the people responsible for patching and addressing the vulnerabilities are not inspecting their own work. (It’s so difficult to proofread your own work without missing something.)
  3. Finally, they make sure to train the people within their organization on cybersecurity self-defense: steps users can do to protect themselves and your organization.

What does our third-party assessment program include?

Quarterly Internal Penetration Test

Find out what an attacker will get to if a user clicks a malicious link. Did a user open a door that allows the  attacker to get to all of your organization’s private data? Did your firewall settings change after a project  that opened a new way for hackers to get in? Our internal penetration testing team uses the same attack  vectors hackers use to test your network from the inside out.

Monthly External Vulnerability Scan

Hackers are constantly looking for ways into networks like yours. Once they find a vulnerability, they exploit it using code that is often readily available and simple to use. Our team employs some of the same analysis methods hackers use to find chinks in your armor that could be used to break in. We are constantly evaluating new vulnerabilities. When we find one, we report it and follow up on it until it is addressed. Then, we validate it is addressed by performing a final analysis.

Quarterly Internal Vulnerability Scan

What if a hacker gets into your network? Are there vulnerabilities they could use to become an administrator or move to other computers? Hackers are constantly finding new vulnerabilities to exploit after they make it into the network. We provide a fresh set of eyes reviewing the internal vulnerabilities of your network.

Quarterly Identification of Personally Identifiable Information

Are your employees making it easy for an attacker to perform identity theft or fraud using personal information from your employees, clients, or patients? Are they keeping information in places that are easy for an attacker to get to? We hunt for Personally Identifiable Information and help you make sure it is locked away in vaults to reduce your exposure.

Quarterly Administrative Group Analysis

Hackers aren’t content to just infiltrate your network. One of the first things an attacker does when they get into  a network is create accounts with administrative access. We audit these groups for you for changes and help  your team make sure no one is an administrator that shouldn’t be.

Quarterly M365 Analysis

By default, one of your employees could mistakenly publish all of your data on the internet. Today, over  70% of data resides in the cloud. We provide the analysis to identify security misconfigurations that lead to  breaches and offer steps that can be taken to keep users ability to share your data by mistake.

Is it time for you to start having a third-party cybersecurity analysis performed?

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