Leveraging CTI for your cyber security audit
Cyberattacks, ransomware, account takeovers and data leaks threaten the security of organizations large and small today. In response, security and risk teams often rely on cyber security audits to determine whether the proper security controls are in place and ensure compliance with a wide range of regulatory frameworks.
While a cyber security audit can successfully reveal vulnerabilities and security practices that may expose the organization to risk, conducting an audit poses considerable challenges for most security teams. Audits require considerable expertise and time commitments from the security staff. The rapid evolution of regulatory environments makes it difficult to ensure compliance. Audits – which are often performed annually – only provide a snapshot in time of security posture and can’t provide the continuous monitoring that organizations need for optimal protection.
Cybersixgill can help. With the cyber threat intelligence industry’s first Security Compliance and Risk program, Cybersixgill offers seasoned security assessors and auditors as well as a leading threat intelligence platform that can inform audits, assessments and security operations centers with up-to-the-minute intelligence on the latest threats, vulnerabilities and malicious actors.
The challenges of a cyber security audit
Cyber security audits present several critical challenges for security and risk teams.
Complex regulatory environments
As the threat landscape continues to evolve, regulatory frameworks have become more complex and voluminous, making it difficult to stay on top of new laws and regulations.
With a limited headcount and constrained budgets, security and risk teams may be overwhelmed by the pressures of performing regular cyber security audits to assess compliance with a growing number of regulations.
Many security and risk teams lack the skills and expertise required to conduct or respond to a cyber security audit effectively.
When cyber security audits illuminate a failure in compliance, the result can be increased focus and scrutiny by auditors that only serves to make audits even more onerous.
Because they require a significant investment in time and resources, audits are frequently performed just once per year – which may not be often enough to provide protection against the rapidly evolving threat landscape.
Simplifying cyber security audits with Cybersixgill
Cybersixgill was founded with a single overriding mission: to protect organizations against malicious cyberattacks that come from the deep and dark web. We bring agility to threat intelligence, providing automation tools that help security teams collect, analyze, research and respond to intel developments as seamlessly as possible.
In addition to solutions for prioritizing vulnerabilities, investigating threats and uncovering the earliest indications of risk, Cybersixgill offers a Security Compliance and Risk program that enables organizations to better align security concerns with regulatory responsibilities and mandates. These offerings provide GRC-targeted automation and reporting to help reduce the cost and burden of cyber security audits.
Due Diligence Audit Reporting for Compliance supports ongoing continuous compliance by providing context to threat intelligence and enriching security risk assessments – a required step in many cybersecurity compliance regulations. This Cybersixgill solution also adds credibility and efficacy to audit findings to help prioritize vulnerabilities, risks and threats to audited systems more effectively than typical inspection.
Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Posture Analysis uses targeted intelligence that is relevant to the risk assessment procedure to uncover and prioritize threats, vulnerabilities and gaps within in-scope audited systems.
Vulnerability Analysis and Prioritization Sanity Baseline Check supports compliance gap and vulnerability analysis, allowing security and risk teams to quickly prioritize and identify gaps and security risks in support of many mandated compliance requirements.
Digital Foot-printing Analysis and Discovery discloses and maps an organization’s exposure, including data that may be unknowingly exposed, stolen or for sale on the dark web that could put customers at risk and jeopardize corporate compliance.
Benefits for cyber security audits
Cybersixgill’s security risk and compliance programs offer many benefits for security and risk teams as they seek to manage cyber security audits more efficiently and effectively. With Cybersixgill, audit teams can:
Retain business compliance for cyber security audits.
Reduce the cost of cyclical security and IT audits.
Reduce the burden of audit reporting on IT and security teams.
Reduce audit time with automated compliance reporting.
Prioritize vulnerabilities, risks and threats to audited systems.
Add credibility to cyber security audit findings.
Decrease FTE requirements for required audit and security reporting.
The Cybersixgill threat intelligence platform produces agile, automated and contextual intelligence to protect organizations against malicious cyberattacks – no matter where they come from and before they materialize. From vulnerability intelligence and investigative insights to asset discovery and digital asset management, security and risk teams rely on Cybersixgill solutions to fight cybercrime, reduce the attack surface and amplify incident response in real time.
Our Security Compliance and Risk programs enable organizations to:
Align threat intelligence with cybersecurity frameworks, using risk-based, contextualized and actionable intelligence to map digital assets against regulatory mandates.
Satisfy regulatory compliance security controls by leveraging cyber threat intelligence and by automating data collection to prove security control efficacy.
Align data privacy policies with global privacy laws to secure sensitive and critical data and meet rigorous privacy standards and regulations.
Achieve quick security control and compliance wins with cyber threat intelligence designed for compliance assessment practitioners.
What is a cyber security audit?
A cyber security audit is a comprehensive review of an organization’s IT security programs, technology and protocols. The goal of an audit is to identify vulnerabilities, weaknesses or poor internal practices that could result in a data breach or enable a cyberattack. Typically, a cyber security audit validates an organization’s cybersecurity policies against a checklist of best practices and ensures that there are security controls in place to enforce each policy.
How does a cyber security audit affect compliance?
Many regulatory frameworks and industry standards concerning security require that organizations implement certain controls and policies in order to protect data privacy and defend against attacks and breaches. A cyber security audit can help to determine whether organizations are in compliance with these mandates and regulations.