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Security Risk Assessments

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Security Assessments

Ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to modern cybersecurity. Not knowing what you don’t know is one of the greatest risks facing enterprises today. In a dynamic and evolving digital environment, it is an essential investment to vet all internal processes and infrastructure thoroughly as well as examine all third-party vendor relationships that interact with your organization.

Most businesses cannot afford to experience a cybersecurity breach as the consequences often lead to significant financial losses and reputation damage. Taking a proactive approach to security positions enterprises of all sizes best to navigate and excel in a landscape of security threats.

  • “You don’t know what you don’t know”
  • The goal of a Security Assessment is an extensive and comprehensive evaluation of your environment

Security Assessment Process

Security Assessment Process

  • First Step of any engagement
  • People, Processes, and Technology
  • Define common frameworks (i.e. CIS18) to evaluate your current security posture

What is a Security Risk Assessment?

Security assessments are the initial step and most fundamental aspect of a cybersecurity engagement. A quality security risk assessment will launch an extensive and comprehensive evaluation of your entire network. This includes investigating wherever you hold data, such as on-premises, cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and other platforms.

Implementing controls for effective cybersecurity requires intimate knowledge of existing systems and their vulnerabilities. When it comes to modern cybersecurity, you can’t act on what you do not know. At Cyber Defense Group, we shine a light on the dark corners of your environment and find weak points before threat actors can take advantage of them.

Security Risk Assessment: Company Goals

Your goals for a security risk assessment can be wide-ranging and depend on your business’s specific needs. A risk assessment should establish an estimate of your current program’s security and determine priority areas for remediation.

We use a variety of strategies, including evaluating overall security hygiene, reducing attack surface area, and aligning your security with business objectives. Across departments and level by level, Cyber Defense Group produces a holistic risk assessment designed to give your company clear guidance on how to increase your security program maturity.

Often, a quality security risk assessment will partner with your corporate compliance program. At Cyber Defense Group, we provide visibility of gaps in your chosen compliance standards. A well-executed security assessment serves as evidence to external parties that you are conducting regular checks of your security posture and maintaining proper compliance standing.

  • Review of existing policy suite
  • Examination of technical stack to determine attack surface.
  • Interview with key stakeholders who utilize technology and your company’s data

How Is a Security Risk Assessment Executed?

An effective cybersecurity program is built on the principle that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The execution of a security risk assessment intends to uncover where a current program is and provide a roadmap to improve. An assessment starts with a full review of the people, process, and technology around your current data protection.

We will interview stakeholders and review your policy suite related to the governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) environment. Our specialists will scan your external attack surface and complete technical reviews of your cloud environment(s) and open-source intelligence (OSINT) systems.

Typically, the total security assessment duration ranges from six to eight weeks. The time commitment on a stakeholder end is variable. Depending on the situation, it could require a few hours to multiple hours spent on interviews, technical discovery, and documentation gathering. Your enterprise will be left with a full report, an executive presentation with the findings, and a plan for the next steps.

Security Risk Assessment: The Results

The best cybersecurity plan is one that is tailor-made for your company. We offer a variety of assessments and special project capabilities to meet your unique security needs. We highlight high-level priorities for your business in a 12-month remediation roadmap. At Cyber Defense Group, we also offer gap assessments against processes like CDG16 and CIS18, which simulates an attack to test the effectiveness of existing security.

Avoid discovering the importance of cybersecurity the hard way. A security risk assessment can provide the peace of mind necessary to operate in today’s digital world. Contact us today for an assessment and be confident in your security posture.

  • Part of any assessment is a remediation plan for any identified gaps
  • A high level roadmap that helps your team prioritize their efforts
  • A security goal aimed at your specific industry, business, and regulatory needs

Custom Tailor Your Assessment

Assessments can be custom tailored to address a host of needs, from general security impact to a more detailed penetration test of your applications. Our review of your environment for security vulnerabilities enables your team to understand where to focus your security efforts.

Cloud Security Assessments

You’ve moved to the cloud or you grew up there. Your team may be leveraging the existing tools, and done some security configurations, but it is a rapidly changing environment. In the cloud security assessment we review your cloud infrastructure for security vulnerabilities and enable your team to understand where to focus your security defenses.

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Compromise Assessment

Your attack surface has rapidly expanded recently, and you need visibility into where attackers may be lurking. A compromise assessment analyzes your environment from an adversary’s point of view to reduce your risk and attacker dwell time. Our analysis detects command & control activity, lateral movement, backdoors and signs of persistence, following the MITRE ATT&CK framework.

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Compliance Readiness Assessment

For businesses that are concerned with the various privacy qualifications that need to be met, CDG can help. We are well versed in a variety of regulatory requirements such as, CCPA, GDPR, ISO27001, SOC2, HIPAA and PCI. We can assess your security infrastructure and provide guidance around your governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) program to determine if you’re not only secure, but compliant with all the necessary standards.

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Ransomware Readiness Assessment

Ransomware is currently the #1 threat to most organizations, but this can be remedied. Don’t be a victim. Ensure you know how your organization would fare against a simulated ransomware attack so you can successfully defend against an attack. Our cloud security assessment includes Live Breach Attack Simulation, assessment of data backups and disaster recovery readiness.

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Penetration Testing

A penetration test, or pen test is a test to see if/where your infrastructure can be penetrated and exploited. As a team of white hat hackers, we try to breach your system like a hacker would to find any gaps or vulnerabilities that may exist in operating systems, services and application flaws, improper configurations or risky end-user behavior. This assessment is also useful to validate the efficacy of defensive mechanics, as well as end-user adherence to security policies.

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Risk Assessment

A risk assessment is the appraisal of the risks facing an entity, asset, system or network, and organizational operations. This assessment includes determining the extent to which adverse circumstances or events could result in harmful consequences, helping to prepare your business with the foundation for a strong security plan.

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