According to TechTarget, “a security audit is a systematic evaluation of the security of a company’s system by measuring how well it conforms to a set of established criteria.”

Security audits can increase your business’ safety by evaluating your systems health, such as configuration and software—but only when done right.

Follow the tips and best practices provided below to prepare your business for a security audit.

1. Assess Your Equipment

First, decide what will be audited to determine project scope. Evaluate (if applicable to your business) the following equipment:

2. Determine Your Business’ Threats

Once you have prioritized your equipment, sit down and figure out your business’ risks, such as weak networks, unprotected devices or malicious activity. When determining your list of potential threats, ask yourself the following questions:

Diving into these questions will help you, your security vendor and your IT team, decide how in-depth your audit will need to be based on your answers.

3. Connect with Your IT Team

Now that you have identified your sensitive assets and risk for threat, it’s time to work with your IT team to get your audit rolling. Prior to beginning your security audit, set up a meeting with your IT crew to establish the following criteria:

  • Discuss team roles and responsibilities, such as who will be auditing specific equipment and who the main point of contact is for updates.
  • Ensure necessary training is in place, such as qualifications to assess certain software or systems. If your internal IT team does not have the necessary qualifications, consider outsourcing to a third-party vendor.
  • Determine a timeframe in which the audit will be conducted.
  • Schedule meetings on a regular basis to touch base with your IT team to discuss audit progress and status.

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