5 best practices for cybersecurity auditing

Audits are an inherently stressful and crucial time for businesses. Cybersecurity audits, in particular, are an especially important procedure that evaluates and validates your organisation’s security policies and processes.

The more time you spend preparing for an audit, the more chances you’ll have to streamline the auditing process and improve the accuracy of the audit results.

Here are five best practices that you can follow in preparation for your cybersecurity audit.

  • Assess your data security policy

Organisations must have an established data security policy that details the proper procedures which must be followed when handling customer details, employee information, and other sensitive information. 

Before cybersecurity auditing begins, it’s important for the organisation to review these policies and ensure that the data’s integrity, availability, and confidentiality are protected. 

When the information is readily available, auditors have a much simpler time analysing your security infrastructure and determining your existing level of security. As it is an integral part of regulatory compliance procedures, the more information you can provide to the auditors the better prepared and capable they are of evaluating your cybersecurity landscape.

  • Centralised cybersecurity policies

Integrating your cybersecurity policies is also an effective way of enhancing the efficiency of the cybersecurity auditing process.

Be prepared to provide the auditors with a complete list of your compliance and security policies so that they can get an in-depth understanding of your security infrastructure and identify any gaps that may prove to be costly for the organisation.

  • Detail your network structure

As mentioned earlier, one of the main objectives of a cybersecurity audit is to identify gaps in the security infrastructure. A diagram of your network gives the auditor a detailed view of your IT infrastructure and gives them the ability to expedite the process.

To create a network diagram—if you don’t already have one—you can lay out your network assets and provide details on how they work in unison. Once you’ve created this top-down view of your network, the auditors can effortlessly identify any potential shortcomings or weaknesses in your network, giving you vital information on how to bridge the gaps and establish a more robust network.

  • Review the compliance standards

Another important part of any cybersecurity auditing process is to review the compliance standards and the requirements that are applicable to your organisation. Once these have been identified the next step is to convey the requirements to the cybersecurity auditors.

Having a clear understanding of which compliance regulations are applicable to your business helps the auditors to carry out their assessments according to the structure of your organisation. You will also be in a unique position to actively be involved in the auditing process by providing any clarifications the auditors might have.

  • Compile a list of your security personnel and their respective responsibilities

You’ll find that employee interviews and discussions are a key aspect of any cybersecurity audit. 

Auditors often conduct interviews or discussions with your security personnel so that they can get a better idea of your organisation’s security infrastructure. 

You can expedite this process by providing the auditors with a list of security personnel and their respective areas of responsibility, helping them access all the information they require.

Implement best practices and get the most out of cybersecurity auditing services

Inadequate visibility into an organisation’s security infrastructure can hinder an auditor’s ability to effectively carry out an assessment of an organisation’s cybersecurity infrastructure.

Consulting a cybersecurity professional to provide you with the advice and guidance you need to face an audit and implement the necessary systems and processes to ensure that your organisation is compliant with all regulatory requirements can be a wise decision.

While cybersecurity auditing can be a stressful experience, being fully prepared and aware of the auditing process and its’ demands can go a long way in making it a pleasant experience.

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Periculo, Unit 2,
Cowage Farm,
Malmesbury,
SN16 0JH

CFF
IoT Security