Understand and Optimize Your IT Environment
Your organization’s information technology (IT) environment is the foundation of your business. It is a critical part of helping you manage risk while making smart, forward-thinking decisions – and helping you meet regulatory and service-level compliance commitments along the way.
To do this, you need a crystal-clear picture of everything that is happening within your IT environment – which is exactly what an IT audit provides. You also need the insight to know how to act on this information. This is an essential part of keeping your business in good health – and with an experienced team of IT auditors working for you, the whole process can be simple, efficient, and hassle-free.
How an IT Audit Helps Your Business
An external evaluation of your IT environment and compliance efforts can be beneficial in many ways. It removes the burden from your team internally, allowing them more time to focus on improving your business – and it provides an unbiased snapshot of how you are using all of your IT applications and systems. It also allows our IT auditors to provide objective, formal reporting that identifies actionable findings while proposing recommendations to your management team based on best practices.
KSM’s IT audit team is well versed in the following IT assessment services:
IT General Controls Audit – An IT general controls audit provides valuable information about your entire IT environment. It can show you who has access to which applications and systems, how you are implementing changes to applications and systems, and whether the automatic configurations you are using are working correctly. It also means taking a look at your backup and recovery to make sure you will not have any surprises down the road if your data needs to be restored.
Evaluating your company’s physical security is another important part of an IT general controls audit. This means making sure your data center is only accessible to those with proper clearance, and that you have the appropriate systems in place – including HVAC, backup generators, and fire suppression – to keep it running safely and efficiently.
NIST Compliance Assessment – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that publishes IT requirements and best practices for organizations. Our IT auditors can help you understand and act on this information while putting together a report that identifies gaps and deficiencies – and they can also assist with a remediation plan when necessary.
KSM has the experience to perform assessments using the following:
- NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) consists of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity risk.
- NIST Privacy Framework helps organizations identify and manage privacy risk so they can build innovative products and services while protecting individuals’ privacy.
- NIST 800-53 defines the set of standards and guidelines for federal agencies to architect and manage their information security systems. It was established to provide guidance for the protection of agencies’ and citizens’ private data.
- NIST 800-171 defines the set of standards to safeguard and distribute material deemed sensitive but not classified.
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was created by the U.S. Department of Defense to assess and enhance the cybersecurity of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). CMMC provides verification that the right cybersecurity practices and processes are in place and that Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is being safely stored, backed up, and transmitted. Eventually, assessment will be required of the more than 350,000 vendors that conduct business with the Department of Defense.
The final version of the CMMC Standard has not yet been released. Once it is, KSM plans to become certified as a third-party assessment organization (C3PAO). In the meantime, we can help your organization prepare by conducting assessments using NIST 800-171 and the most recent CMMC Model.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are ready to get a better look at your IT environment – and want to find additional ways to make your business more secure and efficient – our team of expert IT auditors is standing by to help. Contact us today to get the conversation started.
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