When was the last time a comprehensive technology audit was done? For many business owners, the answer is normally that it’s been several months or over a year or it has never happened at all. If that is the case, then there are good chances that the business is highly vulnerable to cyberattacks, ransomware, phishing schemes, and malware attacks.
And what’s worse is there are no signs of those attacks slowing down.
The question businesses need to be asking isn’t so much whether they’re going to be a target but whether the organization itself is secure enough with its infrastructure. The answer is difficult to say at the start, however one way to determine a better answer is through a technology audit. These audits are incredibly thorough and look at an organization’s IT infrastructure, policies, and procedures.
Why Are They So Important?
Aside from preventing cybercriminal attacks, technology audits are essential to the company’s overall success. After all, they can:
- Detect security vulnerabilities
- Ensure organizations are up to date on security measures
- Outline a plan of action for organizations to quickly respond and effectively deal with cyberattacks
- Maintain compliance with various security regulations
What Are The Benefits?
- No Surprises
IT companies and staff work tirelessly to protect data and maintain company and customer security and privacy. It’s a massive responsibility that isn’t taken lightly. As such, these teams and organizations must remain vigilant, though they are fully aware that hidden threats can be overlooked.
When these hidden threats are left to their own devices, they can develop into full-fledged data breaches, catching people by surprise. An IT audit prevents all of that from happening by bringing to light those potential threats,
Properly conducted audits can map out a company’s IT environment — which helps businesses understand how all the systems are connected and what areas expose threats. This allows businesses to focus on fixing the issues that are needed most.
- Data-Driven Decision Making
An audit should also provide businesses with valuable data that can be leveraged to make core business decisions. Better yet, the value these audits bring stretch well beyond security spending too. For example, an audit can help businesses in making more informed decisions on where to allocate their budget. Furthermore, it can help prioritize company goals based on what’s the most pressing area, what area is the most exposed, or what is slowing down business performance.
- A Glimpse Into The Future
Finally, an audit could also help in laying the groundwork for a SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats to the business. This analysis is also very powerful and helpful as it will pinpoint what the company is good at and where it should go with that strength for the future.
Audits can also provide excellent motivation for employees as business owners can perform the analysis and share the findings with their team.
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