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Bulldog IT – Security Audits

Welcome to Bulldog IT

Bulldog IT – Security Audits

Bulldog IT – Security Audits

What is an IT Audit?

An IT audit is an evaluation of an organisation’s IT systems, applications, management, operations, data use, and other related processes. All modern businesses require a well-functioning IT system to run successfully. Consider the position your business would be in if the security of your computer systems were compromised.

Why do you need an IT security audit?

Principally, an IT security audit is needed to ensure that your cyber-defences are as up to date as they can be, in order to effectively respond to the threats posed by hackers and other such criminals who manipulate IT systems for their own ends.

Should an IT system’s defences be found wanting when compared to the cutting-edge approaches used by hackers, then everything your business has worked for could be at risk. Just a single vulnerability can lead to not only your bank details and subsequently your cash being stolen, but also your personal data that you wouldn’t want being made public knowledge.

Small businesses in particular are a tempting target for cyber-criminals, as the thinking is that whilst they have significant cash reserves due to being a commercial entity, they are unlikely to have a sizable team or level of resources solely dedicated to IT protection. Due to their attention being diverted elsewhere, an infiltrator can go about their business without being detected, whereas a larger company with greater manpower would be able to quickly detect that something is amiss.

What does an IT security audit include?

A comprehensive IT security audit from our experts at Bulldog IT will assess:

  • The current IT infrastructure of your business
  • Any security solutions that have been implemented within the system to protect it from malware and viruses
  • Any improvements necessary to future-proof your IT infrastructure, ensuring it can withstand predicted changes

Our IT specialists will conduct an audit using sophisticated tools to collate data from all the systems that make up the day-to-day infrastructure of your business. They will then use this information to put together a detailed report on all aspects of the business’s IT function.

This in-depth report will focus on the infrastructure’s strengths and the places where it is at risk of attack by malware, hackers attempting to steal data or any other potential vulnerability.

After the comprehensive report has been put together, the IT professionals will then put together a step-by-step list of recommendations to improve your IT security and the function of your business in the short, medium, and long term.

How often is an IT security audit needed?

Seeing as technology is an ever-evolving landscape and software is constantly updated, it is worth investing in an audit on an annual basis. Waiting until you think you have been attacked to get professional help in is no good, as by then the damage may have been done and on an irreparable scale.

It may also be worth commissioning an audit if you have recently undergone a major adjustment to your IT hardware or infrastructure or have integrated an all-new system into your network. Unlikely as it could be, a change of such a magnitude may have had unforeseen consequences that whilst not visible, has had a major internal impact which requires addressing.

What should you do after an IT security audit is completed?

Once your audit has been carried out and the subsequent recommendations are delivered, your next step should be determined by what this package of advice contains. If there are major and looming threats to your organisation, then – budget permitting – implementing measures to tackle these concerns should be of paramount importance.

It should be kept in mind that, on occasion, the cost of patching up your defences may in fact be greater than the level of risk you are exposed to. That is not to say that you shouldn’t be willing to make needed changes if they seem to be expensive, but if for example you find out that many other companies have had similar issues with a certain piece of technology, you may be better off looking for an alternative that can provide you with a better user experience.

An IT audit will ensure that your IT systems and infrastructure are secure, suitable for your business’ needs and as up to date as you need it to be. Those auditing your systems will search for weaknesses and vulnerabilities that might attract hackers and other malicious actors to attempt infiltrating them.
The ultimate purpose of an IT audit is to ensure you’re left with a robust, fully functioning IT system.

Firstly, IT specialists will evaluate your current IT systems and the state of your security systems. An IT audit might also examine your data use and data management, as well as your applications, processes and policies.
In their report, those conducting the audit will make a series of recommendations for how you can improve your business’ IT use.

If you feel as if your IT security systems are in need of an expert assessment, get in touch with our team today to discuss your options and how we can help ensure your business remains safe, secure and up to date with all the latest apparatus and software.

Want to find out more about what Bulldog IT's security team can do for you? Get in touch with us today.

Popular IT Security Questions

Can you tell us exactly what IT we have across our company, globally if needs be?

Absolutely. Without knowing exactly what you have across your desktops, servers, networks and applications etc, how often you use it, its security vulnerabilities etc? Without asking these fundamental questions, how are you ever going to secure an environment you don't know fully about. Security 101

We have some 'IT stuff' in the cloud and some not. Can you help us identify any security vulnerabilities we might have?

Want to move away from your old cumbersome desktop / laptop and all the management / support that goes with that device. Want a clean, secure, updated, consistent desktop, for you and your staff? Helping you move on and keep up to date with IT allowing your staff to spend more time 'working' rather than dealing with IT issues!

How secure are our desktops, networks, applications, connectivity? Find our security issues please!

Cloud / Cyber security should be at the forefront of any business processes. Lose you connectivity, data, files, apps, company account info and your business could be in serious trouble, not just with its ability to function, but also from the Law. We can help you secure your networks, lockdown your desktops, secure your email systems and educate staff about IT security.

Bulldog IT's CIO consultancy group - common requests

We need a temporary CIO / IT director to come in. Once or twice a month. Sit with the SMT and understand our business drivers. Then translate that into an IT strategy that we, as non technical people can understand and we can then implement.
Our current IT supplier is great, we don't want to change them, we just need someone to sanity check the advice they are giving us. Their solutions seem quite expensive and we want to ensure that we are getting the best value for our money and not investing in systems or solutions that will not be fit for purpose as we grow.

We have a CIO consultancy group set-up for just these types of requests.

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