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      CYBER SECURITY AUDITING

      In-depth reviews of security posture led by our expert cyber security consultants

      Leading Information Security Specialists

      Safeguard your organisation against cyber threats and proactively mitigate IT risks with IT auditing services London and UK-based organisations can trust.

      A single instance of a data breach can result in severe financial losses, tarnished reputation, and regulatory penalties. Our consultants specialise in conducting thorough network security audits, regularly evaluating your systems, devices and software to stay ahead of emerging threats. They’ll also ensure the appropriate business IT policies and procedures are in place to keep your organisation compliant with regulations.

      Operating across London and the wider UK, we guide organisations ranging from SMB to enterprise size to fortify their cyber security defences.

      Contact us today to discuss your specific cyber security audit requirements, and let Akita help you stay ahead of cyber threats:

      Cyber Security Audit Services

      Discuss cyber security audit requirements with our experts today:
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      WHY UNDERTAKE A CYBER OR NETWORK SECURITY AUDIT?

      Maintaining IT security is an ongoing battle, so with new viruses and threats emerging all the time, no organisation can afford to be complacent.

      But IT security is about much more than simply checking that hardware, software and systems are secure (though this is important). Information from the ICO indicates that as many as 88% of UK data breaches are caused by human error. As such, when it comes to reviewing IT security, organisations need to adopt a holistic approach.

      While in-house IT staff will offer a perspective on IT security, they are unlikely to have the experience of working on cyber security for hundreds of companies day-in, day-out.

      This is why Akita’s customisable audit service is valuable for examining all the ways that an organisation interacts with its IT.

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      WHAT DOES A TYPICAL CYBER SECURITY AUDIT INCLUDE?

      Our cyber security audits are undertaken by our experienced consultants and tailored to your organisation and its needs.

      We’ll assess variables ranging from industry profile to hardware configuration in our approach. And we’ll be happy to tailor our audits to specific security concerns.

      When a general IT security audit is desired, we cover the following areas:

      Devices

      Assessment of your workstations, servers, network equipment and mobile devices.

      Antivirus & Anti-Ransomware

      Are antivirus and anti-ransomware measures in place? Are they proportionate to the risk profile? Are they up to date?

      Applications

      What software and internet browsers are used by the organisation? Are they up to date?

      Infrastructure & Network Security

      Which network ports are configured open? Do these have sufficient security protocols ports configured?

      Password Protection Policies

      Are there measures in place? Are password suitably complex? Are password lockout procedures in place?

      Multi-Factor Authentication

      Does the organisation use multi-factor authentication? Where should it be applied?

      AutoRun Review

      Are external devices configured to run automatically? Do workstations allow use of external drives?

      Cyber Security Audit Case Study

      Our cyber security audit assisted an infrastructure company managing key city routes:

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      Discover the benefits of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

      Find out how we can assist with passing the accreditation:
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      Advanced Cyber Security Assessments

      Depending on the requirement, Akita can combine process audits with more advanced security assessments to give a 360 degree view of protection measures.

      We can provide the following advanced cyber security assessment methods as part of an audit to add depth and further peace of mind:

      To discuss further cyber security services, please get in touch.

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      Why Choose Akita For Your Cyber Security Audit?

      Akita is an experienced cyber security partner with over 25 years of experience assisting organisations in bolstering their defences against emerging threats. Our cyber security auditing services have been utilised by organisations across the UK who are looking to proactively improve their security posture.

      For one example, we worked with established London removals company Robert & Dennys to deliver an in-depth cyber security audit in order to check their readiness for a Cyber Essentials assessment.

      This assessment highlighted areas that needed attention and once steps were taken to rectify these areas, the company achieved its Cyber Essentials accreditation first time.

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      WHEN SHOULD YOU AUDIT?

      Organisations should regularly review their cyber security, particularly after the following triggers:

      • Following significant changes to systems or the addition of new software
      • After taking on new staff
      • On review of HR policies
      • After an office move
      • Following a business merger or acquisition

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      Discuss security concerns and requirements with our experts and see how our audit services can help:

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      What Are The Components Of A Cyber Security Audit?

      Our audit services are tailored to an organisation’s needs but will broadly align to auditing the IT estate, conducting a risk assessment, identifying vulnerabilities and making recommendations.
      These will span any and all of IT infrastructure, hardware, software as well as cloud instances. We’ll also assess that policies and procedures are in place and comply with relevant regulations.

      What Technologies Are Used In Cyber Security Audits?

      Technologies used are dependent on the audit requirements but may include internal and/or external penetration testing software, Microsoft 365 tenant security reports and wider IT infrastructure stress testing solutions. However, the expertise of the cyber security consultant remains the most valuable part.

      What Are The Recommended Steps To Prepare For A Cyber Security Audit?

      While it can be undertaken as part of a cyber security audit, an organisation should try and have all of its relevant documentation, policies and incident response plans accessible. A user list, infrastructure map and hardware/software list are also useful but can form part of the audit process.

      What Will The Key Findings And Recommendations Be After An Audit?

      Findings will be delivered as a report, typically spanning technical, documentation and procedural recommendations. We’ll report on gaps or vulnerabilities in each of these areas with guidance on the severity of each issue. Advice will be given on recommended improvements and the best way to implement them. And unlike some other cyber security audit companies, we'll be able to assist with remediation measures if required.

      What Are The Challenges In Conducting A Cyber Security Audit?

      Resource and cooperation are typically the biggest barriers. If an organisation wants an cyber security audit, it needs to ensure the right people are ready to commit the time to doing it.
      Equally, these people need to be prepared to cooperate: it can be humbling to find security issues and policy gaps (particularly if you have internal IT staff). But the value of a cyber security audit is finding these before someone malicious does. Any audit should therefore be undertaken with an open mind and without a culture of blame.

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      NETWORK SECURITY AUDITS

      Our network security audits offer a comprehensive assessment of an organisation’s security infrastructure and any potential security risks. Separate to our broader cyber security audit services, our network security audit services focus mainly on hardware, software, policies, and procedures relating to networks.

      As part of a network security audit,  our security consultants will use a variety of techniques to identify weaknesses in the network, including penetration testing and security assessments. They will also examine firewalls, routers, switches, servers, and other network devices to ensure that they are configured correctly and have the latest security patches installed.

      Our network security audit services can provide organisations with a clear understanding of their current security status, and help them to identify areas that need improvement. For more information please get in touch:

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      Ongoing Cyber Security Support

      Upon completion of our audit, Akita produces a comprehensive report that summarizes the findings across all areas under scrutiny. This report serves to establish the severity of the risks uncovered, and outlines the recommended improvements necessary to mitigate those risks within your systems and processes.

      Should you require assistance in addressing the identified security risks, Akita can provide additional support to deploy solutions. This support may include a range of services such as configuration, hardware or software upgrades, advice on staff training, implementation of policies, and completion of programs such as Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

      Our team of experts are highly trained and experienced in implementing security measures, and we are committed to helping you improve your security posture. We understand that security risks are constantly evolving, and as such, our solutions are designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of your organisation.

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      Getting Started With Akita’s Cyber Security Audit Services

      As a security-focused, large-scale IT managed service provider, we’re risen to become one of the leading cyber security audit companies in London and the South East.

      IT security is at the core of the work we do, with a team of security specialists spanning Cyber Essentials assessors, CREST-accredited penetration tester, Microsoft Azure AD security experts and more. So if you’re looking for a cyber security partner without limits, reach out to Akita today:

      Getting Started With Akita’s Cyber Security Audit Services

      To get started with our cyber security auditing please get in touch with one of our experts:

      Call us on: 0330 058 8000

      Email us on: info@akita.co.uk

      Or alternatively complete our contact form below and a member of the team will be in touch:

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