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How an IT risk assessment can protect your business.

Posted July 04, 2016
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Understand why reviewing your IT is so important and should become an integral part of your business processes.

By Nick Hughes, Client, Solution and Strategy Manager

shutterstock_445214122How much money would your business lose if your critical IT systems were offline for a week? Would your reputation be damaged if your sensitive files were compromised by hackers? If it’s been a while since you gave these questions serious consideration, then it may be time to conduct an IT risk assessment or comprehensive IT review.

Technology has greatly enhanced the productivity and effectiveness of modern organisations. But it also leaves us exposed to unexpected system failures and malicious attacks on our infrastructure. Fortunately these vulnerabilities can be assessed, and plans can be put in place to mitigate the risk.

The potential threats to your organisation’s continuity and security continue to grow. So a regular IT risk assessment should become an integral part of your business processes. But performing a risk assessment is a complex undertaking, and one that many businesses lack the expertise and resources to conduct properly.

Fortunately, this is one task that you can outsource to an IT company with extensive experience in IT risk management. At Bremmar, our specialists can carefully appraise your IT infrastructure, and provide expert advice and recommendations to protect your business.

These are the four key areas your business should regularly assess:

Backups and recoverability

It’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security, believing your vital data has been safely backed up. But have you tested to ensure the backups are working correctly?

Is the data easily recoverable? How long does recovery take? Are you certain that all of your critical applications are included in the backup? And do you know how much data history has been retained?

Disaster recovery & business continuity

If a catastrophic event like fire, power failure or terrorist attack brought down your IT infrastructure, how long would it take for you to recover all functionality? Could a fire destroy your critical backups, or are they securely stored offsite or in the cloud?

And if your primary site is unavailable for an extended period of time, can your employees continue to work from an alternate location?

Security & data protection

The threat from viruses, Trojans, spyware and phishing is increasing exponentially. Is your business fully protected by an up-to-date antivirus solution? Does it cover your entire enterprise, including servers, laptops, network devices, websites and cloud-based storage?

Do you consistently remove inactive user accounts, and implement forced password changes for active users? And do your employees know how to deal with suspicious emails and social engineering attacks?

Infrastructure warranty, licensing and support

Technology components break down, and software can fail. When this happens, you need to be sure that parts will be replaced quickly, and that bugs will be investigated and patched.

Are your key servers and infrastructure protected by an active warranty? Is your software licensing up to date? Is your organisation covered by prompt, reliable and effective support? And are your IT systems proactively monitored to identify and resolve potential risks, before they impact your business?

Summary

IT risk assessment is an essential undertaking, and one that every organisation should perform on a regular basis. If you’d like some guidance to protect your own critical business infrastructure, then call Bremmar today on 1300 991 351, or email help@bremmar.com.au for a free, no-obligation consultation.

By Nick Hughes, Client, Solution and Strategy Manager

Result-driven professional with over 10 years’ experience in the IT industry specialising in process optimisation, strategic alignment and driving continual improvement.

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