5 Reasons You Should Combine a DIY Cybersecurity Checklist with a Professional One Given by an IT Services Provider in Denver


May 22, 2020

You may be tempted to rely entirely on a do-it-yourself cybersecurity risk assessment, but the truth is that these DIY audits are just baselines. You should provide your findings to an IT services provider in Denver for a more detailed look at your network.

Your results may be encouraging, but it’s always a good idea to follow up with a professional assessment to go over your scores and see where your vulnerabilities lie.

Other reasons to get a professional Denver IT services assessment include liability limitations, regulatory requirements, and cyber risk insurance coverage.

Read on for 5 reasons you need a professional risk assessment in addition to your do-it-yourself checklist.

1. Many Regulations Require A Professional Risk Assessment for Compliancy

Most regulatory institutions, such as PCI-DSS, FERPA, and HIPAA require a professional risk assessment before your small to medium-sized business will be considered compliant.

Cyber risk insurance will also require professional assessments to see what coverage you qualify for, how much you will pay for the policy, and how high your deductibles will be.

If you’re covered under strict regulatory requirements or are thinking of getting cyber risk insurance or updating a policy you already have, let an IT services provider in Denver perform a professional risk assessment.

2. Those Audits Can Be Confusing and Time Consuming

Unless you are tech savvy, the terminology commonly used in do-it-yourself checklists can be baffling. Rather than Googling every section of your DIY audit, let an IT professional walk you through the process.

You can also expect to spend a lot of time compiling the information needed to accurately run through a DIY audit unless you have an on-site professional IT department that can do the job for your company.

3. IT Services in Denver can Work with Your IT Department

A professional managed services provider can work alongside your IT department, providing a more detailed checklist and look at your infrastructure. Once the baseline is complete, your IT department can continue to reassess the results throughout the year.

Because IT is constantly changing, routinely reassess your network to make sure you are protected and up to date on the latest tech trends and hardware.

4. DIY Checklists are Not Comprehensive

Remember that do-it-yourself options, will not be comprehensive enough to give you a complete picture of your network security issues. Every business is unique and has different security requirements, depending on its:

  • Size
  • Industry threat levels
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Infrastructure

Free online templates will not give you the complete answers you need. Starting with a free assessment is a good idea but take your results to an IT services provider in Denver for a more comprehensive evaluation.

5. An Assessment by IT Services in Denver Will Help You Defend Your Reputation

It’s estimated that 70% of consumers will stop using services following a breach. Even if it was a third-party vendor breach, the business will be blamed by customers and clients for exposing their data.

As if losing your customer base wasn’t bad enough, your can be found in violation of industry regulations if you can’t prove your breach was unforeseen. In other words, if you can’t prove you did all you could to protect your network, you may be held liable.

But wait, there’s more. If you haven’t performed a recent cybersecurity assessment and a breach occurs, your cyber risk insurance may decide they don’t need to pay your damages.

After Your Assessment is Complete

Once your assessment is complete, it will need to be routinely re-evaluated to make sure it’s still up to date. If you have a solid baseline from a professional, you may be able to do this with a DIY checklist.

Some things to ask yourself as you reassess your network:

  • Is all software security patching up to date?
  • Are all BYOD and company issued devices secured with multifactor authentication, anti-virus, and encryption?  What about any new equipment you have purchased?
  • Are your anti-spam and malware platforms still performing like they did a year ago? Remember that as cyber threats evolve, your anti-virus and protections may be outdated.
  • Have I been testing my recovery and back-up systems to make sure they will deploy appropriately after an incident?

The more often you check your network, the more quickly you will pick up on vulnerabilities. It’s recommended to reassess at least once per quarter, although if your industry is considered a high threat level vertical you may consider doing a quick assessment every month.

Integris Will Evaluate Your Network for Free

Integris, a preferred IT services provider in Denver, has been performing cybersecurity risk assessments for many years. We know what to look for and can help you get the baseline data you need to see your vulnerabilities and weaknesses, as well as give you suggestions to shore up your defenses.

Taking a Do-it-yourself network assessment will give us a great starting point, showing us what we need to focus on and what you’re already doing right.

Contact us for your free, no-obligation comprehensive network assessment and make sure your network is as secure as it could be. In this case, what you don’t know can hurt you.

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