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Determining the Frequency of IT Security Assessments

IT security assessments are just one way to make sure your IT systems are protected properly, and that the security systems you have in place to protect your organization are rock solid. But how often should you perform a security assessment throughout your organization?

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Well, that depends. For those who don’t know, a security assessment is a periodic exercise that tests your organization’s security preparedness. They include checks for vulnerabilities in your IT systems and business processes, as well as recommending steps to lower the risk of future attacks. Security assessments are also useful for keeping your systems and policies up to date.

You can conduct security assessments internally with help from your IT team, or through a third-party assessor or IT consultant like 2W Tech. Third-party assessments are useful if an internal preliminary assessment reveals grave security gaps, or if you don’t have a dedicated team of IT professionals with expertise in this area.

A number of factors should be considered when determining how often you will conduct a security assessment for your organization. The larger a company, the more expensive a security assessment can be, especially depending on the complexity of your IT systems. A third-party security assessment also will cost more than an assessment performed by your internal IT team.

Even if you go the internal route for your security assessment, bringing in a third-party IT consultant to assess your security on a less frequent basis is still a good idea. This will not only enable you to capture gaps that your internal team might have missed, but it also will help you stay compliant with regulations like HIPAA and PCI DSS that require third-party assessments.

When you’re ready for a third-party assessor to perform a security assessment for your organization, 2W Tech is ready to partner with you. We have a thorough Cybersecurity Compliance Program that will protect your organization from cyberthreats and regulation violations alike. Contact us today.

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