Stage 1. Planning and scoping
Stage 2. Preparation
Stage 3. Audit
Stage 4. Reporting
Stage 5. Remediation (optional)
Companies wishing to avoid financial and reputational losses, demonstrate to customers, employees, shareholders and regulators the highest cybersecurity standards to keep their data safe.
Organizations that handle a lot of sensitive data, use corporate networks, have their own website, use Internet payment technologies, or as part of the audit of data protection controls.
An organization should conduct a special security audit after a data breach, introducing new software, system upgrade or data migration, or when changes data security regulations, or when the company grows and number of employees.
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A security audit is a systematic evaluation of the security of a company's information system by measuring how well it conforms to an established set of criteria. A thorough audit typically assesses the security of the system's physical configuration and environment, software, information handling processes and user practices.
What are the types of security audits?
Internal audits. In these audits, a business uses its own resources and internal audit department. Internal audits are used when an organization wants to validate business systems for policy and procedure compliance.
External audits. With these audits, an outside organization is brought in to conduct an audit. External audits are also conducted when an organization needs to confirm it is conforming to industry standards or government regulations.● Second-party audits are conducted by a supplier of the organization being audited.● Third-party audits are done by an independent, unbiased group, and the auditors involved have no association with the organization under audit.
What is the difference between test and assessment and audit?
Audits are a separate concept from other practices such as tests and assessments. An audit is a way to validate that an organization is adhering to procedures and security policies set internally, as well as those that standards groups and regulatory agencies set. Organizations can conduct audits themselves or bring in third parties to do them. Security audit best practices are available from various industry organizations.
A test, such as a penetration test, is a procedure to check that a specific system is working as it should. IT professionals doing the testing are looking for gaps that might open vulnerabilities. With a pen test, for instance, the security analyst is hacking into the system in the same way that a threat actor might, to determine what an attacker can see and access.
An assessment is a planned test such as a risk or vulnerability assessment. It looks at how a system should operate and then compares that to the system's current operational state. For example, a vulnerability assessment of a computer system checks the status of the security measures protecting that system and whether they are responding the way they should.
How often the security audit should be performed?
How often an organization does its security audits depends on the industry it is in, the demands of its business and corporate structure, and the number of systems and applications that must be audited. Organizations that handle a lot of sensitive data - such as financial services and heathcare providers - are likely to do audits more frequently. Ones that use only one or two applications will find it easier to conduct security audits and may do them more frequently. External factors, such as regulatory requirements, affect audit frequency, as well.Different departments may have different audit schedules, depending on the systems, applications and data they use. Routine audits - whether done annually or monthly - can help identify anomalies or patterns in a system.
Quarterly or monthly audits may be more than most organizations have the time or resources for, however. The determining factors in how often an organization chooses to do security audits depends on the complexity of the systems used and the type and importance of the data in that system. If the data in a system is deemed essential, then that system may be audited more often, but complicated systems that take time to audit may be audited less frequently.
An organization should conduct a special security audit after a data breach, system upgrade or data migration, or when changes to compliance laws occur, when a new system has been implemented or when the business grows by more than a defined amount of users. These one-time audits may focus on a specific area where the event may have opened security vulnerabilities.