NexusTek’s cybersecurity assessments give your business the insights you need to mitigate cyber risk, qualify for or reduce premiums for cyber insurance, and maintain cybersecurity compliance.
What Is a Cybersecurity Assessment?
Cybersecurity assessments are systematic, in-depth reviews of all aspects of a company’s environment and technology systems that have implications for data security, cyber resilience, and cybersecurity compliance. Cybersecurity assessments allow a company to identify features or processes that degrade or weaken their security posture, empowering them to prioritize risks for mitigation and identify appropriate strategies or solutions to control their exposure to threats.
What Is Cybersecurity Compliance?
Cybersecurity compliance is a term that describes a company’s successful adherence to a set of standards or regulatory requirements that specifically pertain to data security. A company is subject to different compliance standards depending on the nature of the data it stores, processes, or transmits. For example, organizations that handle identifiable medical information must comply with standards set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and organizations that maintain data on individuals in the European Union (EU) must comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). NexusTek offers cybersecurity compliance assessments to help businesses identify areas of noncompliance with standards that apply to their organization, including requirements associated with cyber insurance policies.
NexusTek Cybersecurity Assessments
NexusTek’s cybersecurity assessments quickly and easily pinpoint your business’ areas of vulnerability, providing you with recommendations for state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions, practices, and policies that are laser-focused on your weaknesses. In a business world characterized by often overlapping compliance standards and increasingly complex IT infrastructure, our senior technology leaders cut through the confusion and bring clarity regarding the best course of action to strengthen your cybersecurity posture. In addition to protecting against cyber incidents, strategically reducing your business’ cyber risk helps to qualify for cyber insurance as well as to reduce premiums for cyber insurance.
Specific Benefits Of Our Three Main Cybersecurity Assessments
Cyber Resilience Assessment
Why NexusTek for Cybersecurity Assessments?
For over 25 years, NexusTek has supported thousands of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with end-to-end IT management, giving us a thorough understanding of how a company’s larger IT infrastructure choices and business practices impact its cybersecurity posture. NexusTek’s cybersecurity experts have the depth of experience and training necessary to identify holes in cybersecurity defenses, ranging from the most straightforward, on-premises environment to the most complex and diffuse cloud-based environment. With expertise in zero-trust cybersecurity principles and all the latest security solutions, NexusTek can help your business construct a multi-layered security program that is customized to your needs, helps you to reduce cyber risk, and helps to qualify for cyber insurance or to reduce cyber insurance premiums.
Our cybersecurity assessments are conducted by our professional senior technology leaders and practice engineers using an extensive, multi-method approach that, depending on the objective of the assessment, may include interviews, independent evaluations, policy and practice reviews, and testing of existing security infrastructure (e.g., penetration testing).
Following the assessment, our senior IT professionals provide a report that presents actionable insights that are based on a forward-looking analysis with quantified results. Recommendations are immediately executable and are focused on specific business outcomes relevant to the assessment type. Each report contains an estimated effort and cost breakdown associated with the recommendations.
Whether you are concerned about your company’s cybersecurity compliance, cyber resilience, or cyber defenses sufficiency, your cybersecurity assessment will include evaluations of multiple factors that have relevance to the assessment’s main objective. These areas of evaluation may include:
- Business process mapping
- Information classification policy assessment
- Data protection and retention strategy assessment
- Incident response process assessment
- Business continuity strategy assessment
- HR processes assessment
- Change management process assessment
- Training and development plan assessment
NexusTek’s cybersecurity assessments can help your business to comply with a wide variety of standards, including cyber insurance requirements, HIPAA, NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, CMMC, CIS, PCI-DSS, CCPA, GDPR, and ITIL. Upon request, we may also offer assessments to support compliance with additional standards beyond those mentioned in this list.
Putting cybersecurity measures in place without understanding or testing their efficacy can undermine the strength of your security. To create an effective security system, it must be tested, analyzed, and altered where needed and as new risks arise. Although many businesses use cybersecurity assessments as a place to start when building their security programs, many also use cybersecurity assessments as a way of evaluating the effectiveness of newly implemented security measures.
Many customers are surprised to learn that policies and practices form a major part of any successful cybersecurity program. Although cybersecurity technologies play an invaluable role in protecting against cyber threats, the fact remains that the #1 source of cyber risk for any company is its employees. Employees may be manipulated by cybercriminals who employ social engineering campaigns, they may create vulnerabilities through poor password practices, or they may in rare cases be the malicious actor themselves. When our cybersecurity assessments reveal insufficient safeguards related to employee behavior in a company’s environment, our technology leader might recommend practices such as employee awareness training, or they might recommend policy changes such as password protocols or personal device usage requirements.
The two are closely related, but they serve different functions. Part of the focus of a Cyber Resilience Assessment is to evaluate factors that influence a company’s ability to maintain business continuity and recover quickly and effectively from disasters. However, the objective of the assessment is to evaluate any gaps in a company’s capabilities in these areas, while BC/DR solutions directly address such gaps. For example, a Cyber Resilience Assessment might reveal that a certain segment of a company’s critical business systems would not be resilient to extreme events such as natural disasters. The assessment findings would explain the nature of this gap, providing recommendations for solutions (e.g., redundant infrastructure) that would support uptime in the face of such extreme events. The business would then have the option of implementing that solution or pursuing a different course of action. On the other hand, the actual deployment of solutions such as redundant infrastructure to ensure uptime for critical business systems would be an example of BC/DR.