Cybersecurity threats continue to evolve exponentially, making it imperative for companies to protect themselves from attacks. Adversaries are becoming increasingly sophisticated and gaining new capabilities to bypass obsolete or poorly configured security controls which can result in accessing networks and stealing sensitive information.
An IT cyber security gap analysis is part of the risk assessment process, which helps organizations to identify their current IT security posture. After completing the gap analysis, a remediation strategy is developed, which could include implementing additional security controls and hardening existing ones. The security posture will significantly improve after the implementation, and the risks will be mitigated.
Why Perform an IT Cyber Security Gap Analysis?
Common IT Cyber Security Gap Analysis Misconfigurations
Misconfigured or Missing Cyber Security Controls – Organizations use email, web browsing, and other services to achieve business goals. When cyber security controls are missing or poorly configured, adversaries can exploit these services to insert malware and extract sensitive information. The risk of accepting malware into the organization is mitigated using state-of-the-art, hardened security controls.
Missing Patch Management – When using IT technologies, organizations must constantly update their software against known cyber security vulnerabilities that adversaries can potentially exploit. Missing patches expose unnecessary threats, which can be methodically avoided by applying patches quickly on vulnerable systems.
Missing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) – Using a single authentication factor could allow advertisers to gain unauthorized access without significant effort. Allowing at least two-factor (2FA) to resources will significantly mitigate the possibility of compromising sensitive information and damaging business.