With the prevalence of cybercrime, it is now more imperative than ever to have an extensive cybersecurity plan in place. Regular news coverage continues to report on companies that fall victim to hacks and data theft. To safeguard both ourselves and our businesses from such a fate, having a comprehensive security system is essential.
But do you know if your current strategy will stand up against hackers? That’s where specialized cybersecurity assessment services can help ensure your business remains secure and compliant with the most updated protocols available.
What is a cyber security assessment?
Organizations can take advantage of a cyber security assessment to gain greater insight into their IT infrastructure and safety posture. This process provides invaluable details on the company’s strengths, weaknesses, and possible risks associated with its cybersecurity strategy.
The evaluation includes an examination of existing policies and procedures in addition to analyzing system configurations for weak spots, assessing compliance with industry standards, and verifying data protection effectiveness. It’s important to get this done by a third party.
How do you conduct a cyber security assessment?
By engaging a third-party independent security assessor, organizations can benefit from reliable advice on how to bolster their cyber defenses against any potential threats. The assessment will utilize both manual and automated tests for optimal performance. An internal IT team may alternatively perform the cyber security evaluation if desired.
How long does it take?
With the organization’s size and number of systems considered, it typically takes two to four weeks for a cybersecurity assessment to be completed. Following this period, an in-depth report is provided containing everything identified throughout the process as well as helpful advice on how their security plan can be improved.
TestPros' Cybersecurity Assessment Methods
To help secure information systems for our clients, we apply established, standardized IT security assessment methods and procedures to assess the security controls in information systems, including mobile devices (Android, iOS, etc.).
Our assessments, for both commercial and government clients, are normally based on:
- The Risk Management Framework (RMF) defined in NIST 800-53 Rev4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations.
- NIST 800-171
- DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).
- The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
Additionally, we apply other industry and client-specific IT Security Assessment standards and guidelines.
Our IT security assessments determine if security controls are implemented correctly, operate as intended, and produce the desired outcome with respect to meeting the security requirements of each client.
The Approach to our Cyber Security Assessment Services
To assure the proper implementation of the NIST and/or OWASP guidelines, we follow related guidance to take into consideration the entire system, network, and application lifecycle from a security standpoint. Our approach includes audits of policies, procedures, controls, and contingency planning, and automated tests of the system’s security posture using a combination of commercial and open source technologies.
The standard assessment approach promotes more consistent, comparable, and repeatable security assessments. We develop custom test and evaluation procedures and methods for unique and non-standard environments. TestPros supports security assessments of cloud-based environments by expanding on the NIST and OWASP approach.
For those systems that exhibit security vulnerabilities, we produce formal recommendations for bringing the appropriate security controls into compliance. The outcome of the assessment is a collection of documents that describes the security posture of the system, an evaluation of risks, and recommendations for correcting deficiencies.
Specific assessment and authorization support services include:
- A&A/C&A Assessment and Authorization
- Security Test and Evaluation (ST&E)
- Penetration Testing
- Cloud Security
- Software Assurance Malicious Code Assessments
- Security Policy and Operational Procedure Development
- Security Engineering and Architecture Design
- Computer Security Incident Response
- Man in the Middle (MITM)
- Vulnerability Analysis
- Malicious Code Analysis
Our skilled, independent security assessment team provides support in many areas.
- Regulatory Compliance
- Assessment and Authorization (ISO 27001 – ISO 17799)
- Risk Assessments, System Security Plans (NIST SP 800-53 Rev4, SP 800-26, SP 800-18)
- Supply Chain Risk Management Plans (NIST 800-161)
- Business Continuity and IT Systems Contingency Plans (NIST SP 800-34)
- Security Control Assessments (SCA) and Security Test & Evaluation (ST&E)
- Physical Security Assessments, Disaster Recovery (DR) Plans and Testing, Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plans and Testing
- Ongoing Compliance Monitoring
- Real-time Network Traffic and Device-based Content Monitoring
- Configuration Management (CM) and Patch Management (PVM)
- Managed Security ‘Help Desk’ Multi-level Security and Interoperability
- Multi-level Security and Interoperability
TestPros - A Trusted Security Assessment Company
TestPros is the ultimate solution to ensure that your business data stays secure and compliant. Our security assessment and authorization support services will guarantee you meet all necessary regulations, so you can rest easy knowing that your organization’s information is in safe hands. Don’t wait! Get started with us today for guaranteed peace of mind!
Most frequent questions and answers
The price tag of a cyber security assessment depends on various factors, such as the size of an organization and the assessment’s boundaries. A small company may pay several hundred to a few thousand dollars for an evaluation, whereas bigger businesses could drop tens or hundreds of thousands. Don’t forget to balance out the cost with its advantages to your corporation.
TestPros’ cyber security assessment services enable your organization to identify and comprehend the cyber risks it faces. Not only can our assessments pinpoint system and network vulnerabilities, but they can also advise your company on how to reduce its cybersecurity threats.
Before deciding to partake in a cyber security assessment, it is essential to remember the substantial benefits that such an assessment can bring. Not only will it reveal your strengths and shortcomings when it comes to IT protection concerns, but also inform you of what changes ought to be made as well as which tactics or technologies may particularly prove advantageous for your business.
It’s also important to note that cyber security assessments are subject to regulatory compliance requirements, so if your business operates in a highly regulated sector it’s recommended that you engage an agency who is familiar with these types of regulations.
Vulnerability assessment services are an essential form of cybersecurity that allows businesses to identify and address security risks, weaknesses, and threats. Through a thorough analysis of your company’s IT infrastructure- taking into account any weak points- you can establish measures for reducing the risk of malicious attacks.
To ensure these controls are in line with industry standards, regular vulnerability assessments should be conducted on interval basis.