Security Audits

Security audits are vital to the wellbeing and performance of any organisation and it is important to understand when and how to conduct an audit. They are a form of security diagnostic that involve systematic and thorough evaluations of a company through a specific lens, which can cover:

  • Security governance;
  • Cyber security;
  • IT infrastructure;
  • Physical security;
  • Personnel security and safety; and
  • Information management.
A security audit will measure a company’s current performance by comparing it to a set of established criteria from a variety of sources. For example, during a security audit, consultants will utilise tools such as the best practice ISO/IEC 27000 information security standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), or the NIST Cybersecurity Framework that provides a guide for private sector organisations to assess and improve their cyber capabilities in terms of prevention, detection and response. Other standards that are widely used during a security audit include the government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) and the Identity and Access Management Standards.

There is both a manual and an automated element to security audits, with the former involving technical processes such as interviews, reviews, analysis of physical infrastructure and hardware, vulnerability scans. Security audits should be conducted at least once a year, although some organisations may choose to do them more regularly. Additionally, security audits are often more effective when accompanied by other diagnostic processes such as penetration testing.

It is extremely important for organisations to regularly and attentively conduct security audits that cover a variety of business areas including finance, operations, compliance and information handling processes. When security audits are conducted, a company becomes better equipped to understand where potential threats will come from and what the current position is, then determine where the company needs to be and develop an effective plan accordingly.

This process can often be complicated and lengthy, but with Agilient’s expert consultants it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to security audits, Agilient has remarkable experience and industry knowledge that enables us to guide your company through the process thoroughly and efficiently. Contact us today to find out what we can do for your organisation.