Understand Your Risk Profile

Security Risk Assessments are a foundation of any good security program or compliance framework including:

  • PCI
  • HIPAA
  • NCUA
  • ISO/IEC 27002:2013
  • NIST 800-171 and many others

Ignorance of organizational risk or potential vulnerabilities is not an option, especially in today’s environment of increased cybersecurity attacks.

An effective security risk assessment should identify, document, categorize and rank risks in terms of both urgency and impact for your organization. It should clearly spell out how mature you are in terms of compliance for each item or category. It should not assume all parts of a security compliance framework are applicable to an organization, which would be unnecessarily wasteful.

Ultimately, the recommendations stemming from an assessment must not be so heavy-handed to overly impact an organization’s ability to perform its mission. A balance must be struck between an efficient operation and the need to be secure. Sometimes this means knowing when to document and accept certain levels of risk. And most important, the assessment must be actionable.

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Prioritize and Make It Actionable

Clients turn to Walker for Security Risk Assessments that help prepare them for meeting compliance standards, good corporate governance and overall peace of mind.

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